Numerous Bossier Parish agencies are working together in the Water and Technical Emergency Rescue Task Force.

The 40-member team is made up of personnel from the Bossier Sheriff's Office, South Bossier Fire District 2, and the Haughton and Benton Fire Departments.

"We're always looking for new ways to keep our residents safe," said Sheriff Julian Whittington in a news release. "During the flooding disasters of the last two years, we saw a need for properly-trained swift-water emergency rescue personnel."

A five-day training session was held last week in the fast water of the Caddo Dam, as well as in the classroom. The team trained in rescue swimming, safely diving into unknown water, specialty ropes and rigging, and emergency boat operations deploying from land and from stationary and moving vessels.

"It's a pleasure working with the Sheriff's Office on this combined task force, further ensuring the safety of parish residents," said Benton Fire District 4 Chief J.T. Wallace.

Take a look at the team in training: