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Swift Water Flood Training (SWFT) NY, USA.

This unique and global first training facility occupies approximately seven acres of State Preparedness Training Centre property in Oriskany and includes a three-acre pond, a concrete swift water channel, and an urban flood simulator to allow rescue personnel to train in flooded streets and buildings.

Training Features:

Client: The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services - provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies.

EPD completed the design of the centre including hydraulic modelling and wide consultation with rescue professionals.

The RapidBlocs whitewater obstacle system was also utilised.

Local design work by Sage Engineering Associates LLP - for the Office of General Services.

Capital Costs:

$9 million USD

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said,

"Preparing our first responders to assess a situation and respond quickly to life threatening emergencies involving swift moving water is a critical skill needed for flooding events. This new, one of kind facility will be a valuable addition to the State Preparedness Training Centre and will allow our fire, law enforcement and EMS students from across the state to gain the expertise to keep their communities safe."