On Sept. 13 News 2’s Paige Hill and representatives from Nissan of Cool Springs visited the folks with the Office of Emergency Management in Nashville.
The OEM’s divers assisted during the flash flooding in north Nashville last month. Then, Whites Creek rose 13 feet in two hours.
Other volunteers assisted when Metro Nashville Police officer Eric Mumaw died in February during a water rescue on the Cumberland River.
Captain Mike Russell said the crew worked for more than 12 hours during the floods in northern Davidson County on Aug. 31. Eighteen people worked during that time pulling people from homes, cars, and businesses.
Now, six people from Nashville OEM are working in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Two divers are in Texas and another diver is in Florida with a four-person K9 team.
The unit has existed since 1950 and consists of lawyers, educators, business owners and people from all walks of life make up the team of volunteers.
The team even uses foam pool noodles in their rescue operations to make sure their air lines do not get snagged on any debris in the water.
You can watch the full interview with Mike Russell on the WKRN-TV Facebook page.