East Race training event hosts first responders from around the nation

Firefighters and other emergency responders practiced river rescue training Tuesday.

The training takes place for five days near downtown South Bend's East Race Waterway along the St Joseph River.

Emergency responders from across the country travel to South Bend for its one-of-a-kind controllable river level.

And all levels of experience are welcome to participate in the training.
"It's a controllable waterway, which makes it easy for people to come in and us have the flow we need,” described South Bend Fire Department Captain David Pritz. “We could lower the flow of the water and as we progress through the week, we increase that flow of that water. Make it a little more difficult and so they get to experience all kinds of different water levels."

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