Swiftwater rescue (also called "whitewater rescue") is a subset of technical rescue dealing in whitewater river conditions. Due to the added pressure of moving water, swiftwater rescue involves the use of specially trained personnel, ropes and mechanical advantage systems that are often much more robust than those used in standard rope rescue. The main goal is to use or deflect the water’s power to assist in the rescue of the endangered person(s), as in most situations there is no easy way to overcome the power of the water.
The Southwest Emergency Response Team is comprised of fire rescue professionals from
20 Cuyahoga County, Ohio communities and organizations that combine their resources for specialized rescue, HazMat, and fire investigations.