Emergency workers train at the Sinks in the Smokies

Emergency workers train at the Sinks in the Smokies

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Emergency responders train at the Sinks. Emergency responders train at the Sinks.

TOWNSEND (WATE) - Emergency responders got a chance to practice their water rescue efforts in the Smokies on Sunday.

Members of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Swift Water Rescue Team were at the Sinks, a water area near Elkmont with large rocks and waterfalls. The area has been the site of a number of deaths, including a Florida girl who drowned there in the summer of 2011.

On Sunday, the goal was to prepare workers for challenging water rescues.

"I tell my wife when we go on vacations or rivers or ocean or whatever and I hope that there's men in that area that are taking the time to train to take care of my family, 'cause when your family comes to our area we're gonna take care of you," said Will McCampbell, an emergency responder.

Workers said they want to make sure they have the skills and experience to handle an emergency at the site.

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