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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue believes awareness may prevent another Falls Park tragedy

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says this is always a dangerous time of year at the Falls.

But remembering what happened at the Falls can help avoid another tragedy.

We can all learn from the tragedy at the falls.  Fire rescue says awareness prevents the need for equipment like this.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief Jeff Helm said "you reflect on the things that happened and the tragedy of that day and you just want to say what can we do and what have we done to try to prevent that in the future."

And that includes improvements to Falls Park.

"They've added signage out here that will make people aware of those inherent dangers and plus we've added some anchoring systems in the Falls Park area that will allow us to quickly hook into our rope systems if necessary," Helm said.

But Fire Rescue prepares for situations like these.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue firefighter Luke Langenfeld said "every situation is different but if we can reach them we'll reach out to get them, if we have to throw something to them, if we have to row something to them and if its a go rescue, rescuers just need to get in the water, it might be the first thing we do, depending on the situation."

While people are enjoying the beauty of Falls Park, they may not be aware of the hidden dangers.

"This nice weather brings everybody out and its just a nice time to remind people that as beautiful as it is, and it is, it's very nice to look at, just have to respect it because there's inherent dangers with any flowing water," Helm said.

Fire rescue hopes people realize the potential dangers so they don't have to use equipment like this.

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