Rescue crews train for serious rescue situations

By Laura Beranek | 

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Two volunteer rescue squads were hard at work for three days, perfecting rescue skills for times of need.

Members of the Knott County Rough Terrain Rescue crew and the Johnson County Technical Rescue Team worked on rope rescue tactics Sunday.

"We take it very seriously," said Knott County RTR Chief Bill Reed, "Every time that we have to put someone on a line out there, we're literally putting their lives in the rescuers hands."

Crews say they regularly put these skills to use in real life situations.

"It's a very common thing for us to use this type of training in the field," said Brian Benham, Chief of the Johnson County Technical Rescue team.

The crews trained together, learning from Bill Matney, a Kentucky Emergency Management veteran.

"Our goal is to have this organization be considered the SEAL Team Six (of rope rescue) of Eastern Kentucky," said Matney, "and they're rapidly approaching that point."

Crews practiced rope rescues over a creek, perfecting skills to keep their communities safe.

"We don't do this for our department," said Benham, "we do it for the county. We do it for the citizens out there."

These squads are made up of volunteers, and often pay out of pocket for equipment and other expenses.

If you'd like more information about either of these crews or would like to donate, visit their Facebook pages at or

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