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  Southern Technical Aquatic Resource & Rescue

The Southern Firecracker 70.3 a USAT sanctioned Triathlon, located in Grenada, Mississippi consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. This course has been designed to highlight the natural characteristics found at Grenada Lake and the beautiful countryside surrounding it. Hosted by RSAA, Southern Technical Aquatic Resource and Rescue (STARR) has been an integrate part of the swim portion not only providing key water safety resources but, designing, implementing, and setting up the swim course, developing a water safety / rescue plan, instituted a Incident Command structure, and organizing collaborative efforts with multiple agencies to provide a safe swim environment. STARR Executive Staff worked with local kayak organizations, life guards, and other public safety agencies developed and implemented an inter-operational plan that worked effortlessly.

STARR, through these collective but collaborative efforts with local public service agencies, instituted a highly safe and competitive swim course for hundreds of swimmers. In addition, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, STARR ensured the safety of all swimmers using kayaks, paddle boards, lifeguards, rescue jet skis with rescue boards, rescue boats, certified rescue swimmers, certified rescue boat operators, certified rescue divers, in conjunction with Grenada Police, Grenada Fire Department, Sheriff, and other volunteer fire departments . STARR’s experienced and qualified Incident Management Team created a flawless interoperability work force.

Below are just a few pictures from the 1st Annual Southern Firecracker 70.3...