Orange County first responders, medical staff team up for water rescue training

Firefighters and paramedics were out on the water near Universal Orlando this week for water rescue training.


Firefighters and EMS crews trained on rescuing people in the middle of Lake Crane off of Turkey Lake and Vineland roads

The exercise involved a simulated accident between a jet ski and a boat.

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Officials said this prepares firefighters and medical staff to move patients from a paramedic to an ER effectively.

Local mom Kathleen Mueller said her 3-year-old son Oliver is living proof of why training like this is so important.

Watch: Seminole County first responders dive into pond to save man, dogs from sinking SUV

He fell into a pool when he was just 14 months old.

“My mom came out and he was floating, they got him breathing. So, stuff like this is super important,” Mueller said.

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Medical staff from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children also joined in the exercise to practice transporting children to the hospital.

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