West Virginia Swift Water Rescue Team to conduct training exercise

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The newly formed West Virginia Swift Water Rescue Team will be conducting a training exercise Dec. 2, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Dunbar on the Kanawha River.

WHO: West Virginia Swift Water Rescue Team consisting of West Virginia Army National Guard soldiers and civilian counterparts from Glasgow and Clendenin Volunteer Fire Departments.

WHAT: Swift water rescue training including highline personnel recovery, water recovery, medical evacuations via helicopter, helio hoist of personnel from water, water landing zones and boat flips.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

WHERE: 20th Street towards West Virginia Paving Plant on the Kanawha River and Dunbar Middle School practice field (helicopter landing zone training will take place here). Parking will be available at 1906 Kanawha Ave. Dunbar.


The roughly 50-member WVSWRT is comprised equally of West Virginia National Guard members and fire fighters with experiences in search and rescue and swift water rescue. The team recently attained FEMA Level 2 status allowing them to deploy throughout the country in the event of a natural disaster.

For a team to be considered a FEMA Type 2, capabilities must include the ability to search for and rescue individuals who may be injured or in need of medical attention; provide emergency medical care including Basic Life Support (BLS); provide shore-based and boat-based water rescue; provide animal rescue; transport humans and animals to the nearest location for secondary air or land transport; support helicopter rescue operations and urban search and rescue in water environments; and operate in environments with or without infrastructure, including those with compromised access to roadways, utilities, transportation, and medical facilities.

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