Local crews prepare to deploy to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – As Hurricane Matthew moves along the country’s East Coast, Tennessee crews are ready to deploy crews and equipment to help the affected areas.

Should conditions warrant it, 10 rescue teams from the state of Tennessee are on standby to render aid to affected areas.

One of the elite rescue agencies being called upon is from Maury County.

On Friday, members of the Emergency Management Agency, the Spring Hill Fire Department and the county fire department gathered to show off their boats, trailers and rescue equipment.

“We’ll be sending equipment. We have compiled a state of the art emergency response trailer has all the equipment they can do their job safely and effectively. We have wet suits and roll up raft and dry suits. Everything to be in contaminated water,” said Maury County Fire Department Chief Eric Hileman.

Last year during the extreme flooding in South Carolina, members of the Maury County task force made close to 60 water rescues using this very equipment.

They even rescued people from a 5-ton National Guard truck that got a little sideways in the high water.

“And because of their great performance in the field and the proper equipment we have and the partnerships we have to put this all together is one of the reasons we were chosen to go in the first wave if Tennessee does send help,” Chief of Maury County Emergency Management Mark Blackwood.

Maury County is furnishing the equipment and city of Spring Hill is supplying three swift water trained rescue technicians and the Columbia Fire Department will be sending two swift water trained rescue techs.

Chief Terry Hood of the Spring Hill Fire Department is one of the five men who will make the trip if called upon.

He said it is an honor to be considered one of the 10 task forces to go first.

“It is impressive, a good honor for Spring Hill Fire Department to participate at this time it is something we can be proud of,” said Chief Hood.

Should the task force get the call, there are redundant systems in place so the county will not be lacking coverage if the task force is deployed.

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