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Exclusive look at rescue training for new recruits

Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 18, 2019

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Recruits for the Boynton Beach Fire Department spend a day in the water as part of their four-week training.

The eight recruits learned the different tools the department has when it comes to water rescues.

“We are a coastal community, so we are surrounded by water,” said Boynton Beach Firefighter and Dive Rescue Coordinator Justin Capodieci.

He said the like to teach their new firefighters all the life-saving tools they have.

The recruits worked in the ocean where they learned how to swim out with a buoy, rescue someone with a landline, and rescue a victim of the jet-ski.

“It is something we have looked at in books but have not been able to get our hands on,” said Boynton Beach local Vince Mazzocchi.

The eight then spent the second half of the day learning how to jump into the water with their full gear on. They also learned how to throw a weighted bag at someone who needs help.

“We are just exposing them to all the tools in the toolbox,” said Capodieci.

The recruits will train for two more weeks before they start a full-time gig with Boynton Beach Fire April 1st.