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Drift Boats Hit the Rogue River

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GOLD HILL, Ore. — Several emergency response agencies from all over the state are in the Rogue Valley this week for the annual Drift Boat School.

The five day class is hosted to help emergency personnel be better prepared when dealing with water rescue and navigation.

Dozens of law enforcement officers and fire fighters made up most of the classes, and are trained in classroom and river settings. Officials say that this type of training is vital as people are preparing to head out on the water.

“When you’re dealing with white water or moving water, it’s an extremely powerful force, so you want to make sure that you’ve got some knowledge and skills in that, and if we can give them that and the basics of training and that seat time it makes a big difference,” said Sgt. Will Coleman with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.

The Oregon State Marine Board holds the classes every year, and emergency personnel will continue to be trained through Friday.