Stanly emergency agencies, rescue squads practice water rescues

Published 4:48 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The swift water flowing from the Narrows Dam recently found members of local emergency management agencies, paramedics, 911 communicators and more receiving training on water rescue.

The rushing waters coming from the dam saw swimmers along with a mannequin pose as victims of boating accidents.

Local agencies at the training activities included West Stanly Rescue, Stanly County EMS, Stanly 911 Communications, the Stanly Fire Marshal’s Office, Albemarle Fire Department and Stanly County Rescue. The state’s Emergency Management Office was represented at the event by Karen Hamby.

Union County officials assisted the training by providing a mobile tactical unit which helped coordinate the communications and debriefings from each exercise.

Stanly 911 Director Kyle Griffin and Stanly EMS Director Michael Roark, along with other local supervisors, provided feedback for their departments after each evolution.

Griffin said for his department he would “evaluate how the telecommunicators handle the stress.” He added other staff would evaluate patient care from the EMS and water rescue aspects.

Roark said the departments are required each year to do tactical standard operating procedure (TSOP) tests.

“It’s a requirement for our folks to come in and (do) a functional skilled exercise to help practice their skills they may not get to do every shift based on the calls that come in,” Roark said. “It gives us all a chance to practice those skills. It also allows us the interoperability of working with different agencies that we may not work with on a daily basis, specifically with this aspect of water rescue.”

Roark said along with medical care from a medic’s standpoint, the exercises would evaluate “command and control responsibilities of actually running an incident with multiple moving parts.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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