Preparing for the worst, Logan County’s Search & Rescue held a swift water awareness training Tuesday, March 7 at the Russellville City Fire Department inviting all rescue units, fire departments, EMS, and law enforcement personnel. The training consisted of the “do’s and don’t’s” while preforming swift water rescues, which is extremely important and can be a life or death situation.
During any given year, floods kill more people than any other natural disaster in the United States. First responders often face the grim scenario of someone trapped on a stationary object amid the floodwaters, or worse, adrift in the rushing torrent. Few places exist where flooding is not an issue, and few situations are more challenging or more dangerous.
“This class was based on rescue operations being preformed without getting in or on the water,” said Terry Cole, Chief of the Rescue Squad. “In the last couple of years, we have had several flash floods that required rescues. Several departments were involved, and with the necessary knowledge, the incidents were considered a success.”
The class is a continuing efforts to help all agencies understand the dangers that are involved in a swift water rescue and how to safely make a rescue. “After all, the main reason for this class is for everyone to go home when all is done,” said Cole adding a big thank you to all the first responders for taking the time to attend.
Logan County’s Search and Rescue Squad began in 1968 as the Civil Defense during the Korean War, officially becoming the Logan County Search & Rescue Squad in 1999. The Squad currently has 25 members working under the direction and umbrella of Logan County Emergency Management. The organization is based beside the Logan County Road Barn. The group meets once a month and trains throughout the year to keep sharp and ready in the case of an emergency.
Search & Rescue is called out for weather related events including thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and snow storms. They also respond to rescue and recoveries, searches for missing individuals, and they help local law enforcement when needed. The agency diligently fundraises throughout the year to help fund the effort.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.