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Technical rescue teams train in Greensburg, KY

Campbellsville-Taylor County Special Operations Team, Breeding Fire Department Technical Rescue Team, Green Co. Fire/Rescue, and Green Co. Emergency Medical Management members participate in training "for the unthinkable" at the Green County Paddle Trail

By Brandon Harvey
News from Breeding Fire Department

Saturday, January 08, 2011 local first responders from three different counties trained for the unthinkable at the Green County Paddle Trail.


Captain Chris Taylor of the Breeding Fire Department Technical Rescue Team says that all too often rescuers from Taylor, Adair and Green Counties are faced with situations which involve swift water - situations such as a semi submerged vehicle floating down a raging river where once there was a passable roadway, with a small child screaming for help on top, clutching to the roof rack.

That is what the teams train for; they have to be trained and prepared for the unthinkable. As such, the training that was held this past Saturday enforced that idea.

Members from the Campbellsville-Taylor County Rescue Special Operations Team, Breeding Fire Department Technical Rescue Team, Green County Fire/Rescue and Green County Emergency Management participated in a monthly swiftwater and rope rescue continuing education exercise.

Training conditions less than could be desired

Training conditions were a little less than would be desired. Teams train in extreme weather conditions because the majority of the time when they are called to a real rescue, the conditions will be very poor and dangerous. The Breeding team can be activated at any time of any day, in any condition.

On Saturday, there was an air temperature of 18 degrees and wind-chill of 7 degrees above zero and snow showers. Ice was forming immediately on our dry suits, helmets and PFD's - Personal Flotation Devices.

Training focuses on high-line boat rescue operations

"This month the team was training on high-line boat rescue operations. This operation is where personnel use all of their skills learned in swiftwater and rope rescue technician training to construct a complex highline above the water and basically use ropes to drive the boat.

The last thing that we want to do is put a rescuer in the water. With the highline system we put our rescuers in the safety of an inflatable raft and pick off victims as they come down the river or to rescue victims stranded in a vehicle that has been swept off the roadway in a flash flooding event, like we saw in May of 2010," Chris Taylor said.

CTCR is working to develop regional team

All three departments train together on a monthly basis. This allows responders from all the counties to get to know each other's personnel and resources that each department has.

All three counties benefit from a regional approach because we combined equipment, manpower, knowledge and experience. Our Technical Rescue Team officially formed last year after the December 2009 Swift water incident that occurred on Greenbriar Road.

Breeding TR team has broad capabilities

The Breeding Technical Rescue Team consists of Emergency Medical Technicians, and volunteer firefighters.

The team capabilities include swift water, rope, confined space, trench, collapse, dive, farm, and hazardous materials rescues.

In 2010 Special Operations personnel acquired more than 900 man-hours of technical rescue training. That is a lot of hours spent away from their families to train to save the life of someone they don't even know.

Members are required to obtain at least 8 hours of continuing education monthly on top of 40 hour rescue technician courses in each discipline required by NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards. This training is on top of already demanding emergency medical service EMT and firefighter training. It takes a special person to want to jump in icy 30 degree water and train for the unthinkable.

The trainings are conducted as if the team members own lives depended on it.

Breeding Fire Chief Terry Harvey says, "I am proud of our Technical Rescue Team. One year ago we were just forming our team. We have came a long way in a short period of time. We have a great group of people at the Breeding Fire Department. Currently we have 27 Firefighters, of which 6 are EMT's , 2 are First Responders. We currently have 9 who are on our Technical Rescue Team. Harvey continues to say that we are always continuing our training and updating equipment.

Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department's website is at breedingvfd.com


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Demonstrating boat based rescue



2011-01-10 . Green River at Greensburg, KY
Photo courtesy Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department
Demonstrating a boat based rescue is Chris Taylor - TRT Captain of Breeding Fire Department as the victim floating downstream to Matt Goodin - Special Operations Member from Taylor County Rescue. Once the rescuer in the boat makes contact with the person in the water, the inflatable raft will be pulled to safety.

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Technical Training exercises: Joe Smith in survival position



2011-01-10 . Green River at Greensburg, KY
Photo courtesy Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department
Joe Smith, Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department Technical Rescue Team member, floats down river in the rescuer survival position in training exercises on the Green River Paddle Trail, Greensburg, KY, on Saturday, January 8, 2011.

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Chris Taylor demonstrates Stick and Pull technique



2011-01-10 . Green River at Greensburg, KY
Photo courtesy Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department
Chris Taylor, TRT Captain of Breeding FD demonstrates the "Stick and Pull" technique in order to reach his victim in training exercises in an icy Green River at Greensburg, KY., on Saturday, January 8, 2011.

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BAVFD Technical Rescue Team paddles icy Green River



2011-01-10 . Green River at Greensburg, KY
Photo courtesy Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department
Members of the Breeding FD TRT paddle across stream to to set up and anchor system. They are Chris Taylor, steering the raft; Joe Smith, and Brandon Harvey, paddling the raft, in training exercises at the Green River Paddle Trail, at Greensburg, KY., on Saturday, January 8, 2011.

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Breeding Technical Response Team trains at Greensburg, KY



2011-01-10 . Green River at Greensburg, KY
Photo courtesy Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department
Joe Smith, in raft, and Brandon Harvey, in water, during training exercises at the Green River Paddle Trail, at Greensburg, KY, on Saturday, January 8, 2011. First responders from Green, Adair, and Taylor Counties took part in the training.

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