With high water, responders prepare for rescues

As high water from spring runoff swirls around him, Durango Fire & Rescue Authority Lt. Brock Furston works with crews on the banks of the Animas River on Thursday during a swift-water rescue training course hosted by Southwest Rescue. The day’s training consisted of a rope-and-pulley system strung across the river near Smelter Rapid. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

As high water from spring runoff swirls around him, Durango Fire & Rescue Authority Lt. Brock Furston works with crews on the banks of the Animas River on Thursday during a swift-water rescue training course hosted by Southwest Rescue. The day’s training consisted of a rope-and-pulley system strung across the river near Smelter Rapid.

Training with ropes and pulleys was the focus of Thursday’s swift-water rescue training course hosted by Southwest Rescue on the Animas River. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Training with ropes and pulleys was the focus of Thursday’s swift-water rescue training course hosted by Southwest Rescue on the Animas River.