Local Fire Units, Residents Respond to Colorado Floods

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After record floods damaged the Colorado communities of Lyons and Kersey, each town benefited from the use of an Endless Pool in a unique way.

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The Platte Valley Swift Water Rescue Team poses in their Endless Pool

Unprecedented flooding in Colorado made this fall a challenging one for thousands of local residents. Roadways were destroyed and water caused irreparable damage to the state.

About an hour apart, the towns of Lyons and Kersey were each affected by the record floods. In two unique ways, local fire departments were able to benefit from the help of an Endless Pool.

Platte Valley’s Swift Water Rescue Team was formed in 2008 and the squad now uses an Endless Pool for training their elite unit.

During the flooding in Kersey, this specialized rescue team was able to successfully rescue 11 people despite the challenges of dangerous, rushing water.

Fire Chief Barry Schaefer makes certain to challenge his squad by using the swim current of the team’s Endless Pool to keep their swim technique sharp and improve their endurance.

When the Lyons Fire Station was severely damaged by flooding, local resident Kerry Matre stepped up and offered her home as a place of respite for station volunteers.

Matre’s Endless Pool Swim Spa became a place for the firefighters to relax and wash away some of their stress.

Not only have Matre and her family enjoyed the Endless Pool, but she also went out of her way to provide comfort and a “retreat” for the firefighters, who continued their work despite the loss of a fire station and a fire truck.

Under challenging circumstances, two local communities highlighted the versatility of the Endless Pool—from training to relaxation.

While the rebuilding in Lyons and Kersey will continue, the flood proved the resiliency and heart of first responders and the local community alike.

About Endless Pools:

Endless Pools, established in 1988, has shipped over 20,000 products worldwide, with customers such as Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines. Their compact, customizable pools and swim spas are perfect for indoor or outdoor use. With a series of six innovative products and an adjustable, fast, smooth swim current, the product can be tailored for open water training, rehab or family fun.

For more information about Endless Pools, visit http://www.endlesspools.com or contact Rob Shaeffer at 610-497-8676.

To learn more about the Lyons Fire Department and to make a donation after they lost one of their stations as well as a fire truck due to the flooding, visit http://www.lyonsfire.org/donate.

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Rob Shaeffer
Endless Pools
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