CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- First responders train constantly, preparing for the worst. Friday, Charlotte County Sheriffs, Fire Fighters and EMS spent hours on life-saving vessels, practicing the skills that could save your life.
Wink News went along for the ride and learned how training together, two different agencies become a powerful team.
"It gives us the opportunity to work together, to build the skill sets together, to understand what direction each one is coming from," said Deputy Chief Jason Fair.
"It can be anything from a kayaker that's unable to get control and get back into the kayak. But it can also be an extreme medical or trauma emergency," said Dee Hawkins with Charlotte County Fire/EMS.
They say practicing in a calm environment helps keep nerves in-check when lives are really on the line.
"Their job and our job is based on training so that it is second nature and it's automatic," said Lt. Chris Kendrick with Charlotte County Fire/EMS, "The most crucial thing is time and if you get on their vessel and don't know how to start it or operate it it's going to cost you time."
Specially trained crews are assigned to the boats at all times.