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Corps, fire department use airboats for cold water training

Brandon Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, survey technician, participates in a joint cold water rescue training event with the Winona, Minn., Fire Department, March 28, on the Mississippi River. This was the first time that both agencies trained together and they both plan on making it an annual event.



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This work, Corps, fire department use airboats for cold water training [Image 6 of 6], by Patrick N. Moes, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:03.28.2012

Date Posted:04.10.2012 14:51

Photo ID:557268

VIRIN:120328-A-LI073-024

Resolution:4212x3060

Size:6.94 MB

Location:WINONA, MN, USGlobe

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