Floyd County moving water rescue training

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Teams from across the state practiced moving water rescue training in Prestonsburg.

This weekend, the Floyd County Rescue Squad trained 22 volunteers from Pike, Rowan, and McCracken counties in the Big Sandy River.

"It's just a great experience here. You really get some good training on this," said Don English, McCracken County Rescue Squad Captain.

Captain English says the April floods in Paducah motivated several members of his crew to get more training for those situations.

"You do not realize how much force that water has until you get in it and try to walk across it or try to maneuver in it," said Captain English.

"Anything you can do to increase the training and experience of our folks out here is going to better our community and keep our personnel safe," said Danny Blevins, Rowan County EMS Director.

The teams practiced going over the current, shallow water crossing, and tension diagonal. The latter was a technique used by rescuers in parts of Pike County during the July 2010 flood.

The storm personally touched Steve Collier from the Johns Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

"My mother passed away, so that is the motivation for me to do this," said Collier.

Collier says you never know when another flash flood will hit, so volunteers need to be ready for any situation.

The Floyd County Rescue Squad plans to have two more moving water rescue courses in September.

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