“Every kind of training, no matter what kind of training, helps us,” Hopkins said. “We want to make sure we’re perfect in everything, even the details.”
Hopkins had arranged for the cars to be in the fire lane to ensure the situation was as realistic as possible. The pool having several people in it at the time of the emergency was also done for realism.
“The guys were able to improvise and make smart decisions,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said Parks and Recreation officials, which run the pool, do a great job in training. Hopkins, a former pool lifeguard himself, admitted he “wished he would have had the training these kids have” when he was a lifeguard.
Hopkins said when the training is solid, the rescue goes flawlessly.
“The human mind works well and people know what to do by instinct when the training is good,” Hopkins said.