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Regional fire agencies team up for marine, helicopter rescue techniques

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Firefighters make their way down a dock near the St. Helens waterfront during a training exercise day.

Firefighters from various fire agencies around the Portland metro region takes part in a day-long regional helicopter operations training exercise Wednesday, Feb. 15. The exercise was hosted by Scappoose Fire District and Columbia River Fire and Rescue. The training saw six different fire agencies and one law enforcement agency team up with the U.S. Coast Guard to practice boat- and ground-based rescues with the help of water rescue swimmers. The training exercises help first responders become more comfortable and familiar using aircraft during marine or flood rescues.