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Rushing to the rescue

Observer staff reports

A dozen emergency response agencies from across the state will participate in a three-day training course to practice rescuing victims from rapidly rising floodwaters and through various hazards.

The training will be conducted at the Duke Hydro dam on Lake James in Morganton. Both daytime and nighttime training sessions are scheduled. Among the agencies participating: Charlotte Fire Department, Asheville Fire/Rescue, Burke County Emergency Services, Greensboro Fire, Raleigh Fire and N.C. Emergency Management.

Controllable water flow below the dam and surrounding terrain makes the location ideal to train first-responders on various swift-water rescue techniques, authorities said.

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