Emergency responders converge for beach training

Ambulances, a firetruck, Jet Skis and even a Lifeguard helicopter crowded Navarre Beach Friday morning, June 10, as first responders participated in annual training

The training was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Lifeguards, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Navarre Beach Fire Department.

Participating first responders ran through different beach emergency scenarios to better prepare for potential emergencies.

Operations Chief for Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Tom Lloyd said the training is a preemptive measure.

“We’ve been doing this joint training for four or five years,” Lloyd said. “In the unfortunate event that we do have a medical emergency, drowning or something else that happens out here on the beach, we want to make sure that everyone performs smoothly together. That is the biggest thing to make sure everybody understands their role and everything goes seamlessly.”

Lifeguards and firefighters started the morning training with water drills. Santa Rosa County Fire Department captain Sean Hughes helped instruct new lifeguards on how to handle rescues involving the fire department’s equipment such as rescue sleds and Jet Skis.

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Navarre Beach Fire Department captain Sean Hughes shows new lifeguard Chandler Hersom how to safely load patients onto the Jet Ski.

Navarre Beach Fire Department captain Sean Hughes shows new lifeguard Chandler Hersom how to safely load patients onto the Jet Ski.

Pilot Michael Cufr and flight paramedic Lance Vincent explain the functions and features of the Lifeguard helicopter to the Navarre Beach Lifeguards at joint emergency training Friday, June 10.

Pilot Michael Cufr and flight paramedic Lance Vincent explain the functions and features of the Lifeguard helicopter to the Navarre Beach Lifeguards at joint emergency training Friday, June 10.

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