Water rescue team gets much needed donation

Georgetown (KXAN) — The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Swift Water Rescue Team received a donation Wednesday that will help save lives during life threatening crises.

The water rescue team received 14 new handheld GPS radios worth more than $7,700. Firehouse Subs’ charity called Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, donated the new equipment.

“We were really excited,” Sgt. Jereme Brinkmann said. “We’ve heard about these but didn’t have the money to purchase them. So when I was told by the lieutenant we were getting 14 of them I really couldn’t believe it.”

The new device, which is a Garmin Rino 655t, will let the rescue team talk to each other on the scene and it also help them locate each other. Brinkmann says team members sometimes get separated during water rescues and the GPS feature will help them.

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The team has worked with the devices for the past month but have yet to use them in an actual scenario.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue District No. 6  also received a donation of a public education trailer and 14 cases of children’s’ fire hats worth more than $11,100.  This will allow them to continue their educational training in the community.

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