08/13/09 224 W, 1 I - + 9 - 6 Hurricane Rescue Simulation Gears Up in Greenville

As this Daily Reflector article from yesterday reports, search and rescue teams from across the state have gathered in Greenville to drill on disaster response. From a base camp at the Pitt County Fairgrounds, they practiced air, water, and rescue operations at sites on Mumford Road on Wednesday. That area was hit hard by flooding during Hurricane Floyd. The newspaper reports the rescues are practicing rescuing people "trapped in vehicles, buildings and trees by high winds and rising flood waters" caused by the fictitious Hurricane Amy. Training props include simulated multi-story homes, which were built for the drill. The victims inside those structures will be rescued by helicopter, by National Guard Helo Aquatic Rescue Technicans (NCHARTs).

Michael Abramowitz/The Daily Reflector photo

Participating agencies, as listed by the article include Asheville FD; Burke County EMS; Cary FD; Chapel Hill FD; Charlotte FD; Greenville, City of; Durham FD; Eastern Regional State Medical Assistance Team; Farmville EMS; Gaston County EMS; Greenville FD; NC Baptist Men.; NC DOT; NC Emergency Management; NC Highway Patrol; NC National Guard; New Bern FD; Pitt County Emergency Management; Pitt County EMS; Pitt County Sheriff; Raleigh FD; Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad; Rocky Mount FD; South Orange Rescue Squad; and Transylvania EMS. Now that's a crowd of folks! Read the entire article.

This News & Observer article has a couple photos of the helo team in action, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1..
Legeros - 08/14/09 - 06:50

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