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Multiple agencies team up for water rescue training in Oregon City

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Local firefighters and emergency responders from several Portland area agencies came together for training on Monday to make sure they are ready for any situation.

Clackamas Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire Department, The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and American Medical Response all came together to work on a training exercise to improve safety on our water ways.

Teams practiced both water and rope rescue techniques near the Youth Villages area in Oregon City.

In the mock scenario, teams pretended to do a search and rescue for people who were thrown from a car after a crash that went over an embankment.

Adding to the difficulty, they worked off of a 75-foot, steep cliff.

"If it's not just ropes, it's lowering systems, it's raising systems. But then, all of a sudden, we put all the companies together, all the different departments, they have different ways they do things. This way, together, we get on the same page, we learn from each other," said Lt. Steve Hoffeditz with Clackamas Fire Department.

Monday's training session was also challenging because it wasn't just off of a major road but in a more remote area that the crews had to hike to.

Teams were faced with some difficult things, but they say it's all to help keep them ready for when the next real rescue takes place, whether working with their own colleagues or with another agency.

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