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Game wardens receive water training
VICTORIA -- On Feb. 11-12, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) game wardens provided officer water survival (OWS) training in advance of the spring and summer water safety season. This training is part of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Boat Operations and Training Program catalog of nationally credentialed courses.
“Texas game wardens are by statute the primary law enforcement officers on the state’s waters, and that environment brings its own hazards,” said Asst. Cmdr. Cody Jones, Texas’ Boating Law Administrator. “In the course of their duty, game wardens wear gear including their duty belt and ballistics vest that add an additional 18 to 20 pounds of weight to them. It’s important that if they enter the water, whether expectedly or unexpectedly, they know their capabilities and how to survive.”
“Six of our game wardens have drowned in the line of duty and that’s something we think about every day,” said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD Director of Law Enforcement. “Game wardens are routinely on the water in very demanding situations and this training will save lives.”
Twenty game wardens were scheduled to go through the two-day course, which included skills in surviving a water entry in uniform, disengaging from an assailant while in the water, water extraction techniques, and other lifesaving water skills.
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