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Swiftwater rescue training, April 7, 2013The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester.

Darron Laughland, of White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue, Mike Gianferrari and Jeff Chickering, both of Keene Fire, pilot their search and rescue boat through the rapids of the Merrimack River during Sunday afternoon swiftwater/flood rescue exercises on the river. The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Instructor Shawn Emerson takes the bow line as Instructor Mike Mather steers a rescue boat in a sharp rapids turn during swiftwater/flood rescue exercises on the Merrimack River Sunday afternoon. The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Darron Laughland, of White Moutain Swiftwater Rescue, and Mike Gianferrari, of Keene Fire, work in the water while Jeff Chickering, of Keene Fire pilots their support boat during swiftwater/flood resuce exercises in the Merrimack River Sunday afternoon. The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills.Mike Mather, of Mather Rescue Rhode Island, Shawn Emerson, of Adirondack North Rescue Solutions, and Micahel Berna, of Pennsylvania, all working for the NH Fire academy, discuss a search and rescue scenarion on the railroad bridge over the Merrimack River.  (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Darron Laughland, of White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue and Mike Gianferrari, of Keene Fire, work in the river while Jeff Chickering, of Keene Fire, pilots their support boat and another support boat motors nearby during swiftwater/flood rescue exercises Sunday afternoon. The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards & Training conducted a swiftwater/flood rescue training drill Sunday afternoon on the Merrimack River between Moore's Crossing Road in Bedford and Depot Road in Manchester. The exercise included drills in swiftwater rescue and water bound search. NH and regional rescue personnel took to the river in inflatable rescue craft and a helicopter provided by the NH National Guard Aviation Unit based in Concord assisted in the drills. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)