Hurricane Amy Drill Tests Responders - @ JEMS.com


Hurricane Amy Drill Tests Responders

 

 
 
 

| Friday, August 14, 2009


PARUL JOSHI

WNCT

Reprinted with Permission

Specialists in air, water and building rescues practiced today. They picked Greenville because it developed the largest task force in the state to respond to Hurricane Floyd.

Who could forget sites like this, a mobile home park under water after Hurricane Floyd blew through the East almost 10 years ago. Emergency responders say water got as high as 15 feet which is why they re practicing rescuing people from rooftops. Rescuers were practicing for simulated Hurricane Amy. She landed Wednesday.

Jamey Moss of the state s Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team says We re pretty close. This is really close to the real thing. Here the helicopter aquatic rescue team got the word of stranded survivors.

Todd Brown is the Search and Rescue Coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. He says, Most deaths and injuries occur by drowning in flood waters.

The team found the victims, and snatched them to safety. These first responders train with their local agencies regularly, but they say Hurricane Floyd is why they re training together.

Julia Jarema of the state Division of Emergency Management says, The challenge with Hurricane Floyd was not all the teams had the same type of training and so people who were used to working with still water and rivers were not used to raging waters. So then when we pulled all the teams together, there are different levels of capabilities. So we ve worked really hard in the last ten years to make sure all the teams across the state have the same type of training. Training that keeps all of us safer.

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management says this practice was made possible because of federal grant funding. This is the first time the state has put on a practice this large.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Specialty Vehicles, Natural Disasters, Training

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Press Conference, East Village Explosion and Collapse

Fire is contained to four buildings; 12 people have been injured.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Mayor Adds Ambulances to Peak Demand Period

10 additional ambulances will be on the streets from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Utah Commission Privatizes Ambulance Service

Mayors in Iron County loose management fight.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ambulance Delay Raises Concerns over Response Times

Officers give up after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Patient Carry during Snowstorm

Firefighters, medics and officers lend a hand in Halifax.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Terror Attack in Tunisia

19 people killed outside of a museum.
More >