Jones County Puts Together Swift Water Rescue Team | News
If someone gets stuck on a river -- or in flash flooding -- in Central Georgia, there will soon be a team in place able to help.
Jones County is putting together the area's first dedicated swift and still water rescue team.
Fire and Emergency Management chief Don Graham says he applied for finding to start the team two years ago.
It wasn't until December that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency let him know the department would be getting $57,000 to buy equipment and train 15 first responders water rescue techniques.
"I was totally surprised and very happy," said Graham. "It gives a sense of security that if there is an emergency situation on the river, we can deploy very quickly."
The equipment includes two new inflatable rescue boats.
Lieutenant Thomas Coleman will be training the team on both boat rescues and rope rescues from land.
"You can actually just go in by yourself without the boat, go down and make the grab, and just have the boat downstream to pick you up as you make your way down to safety," he said.
The training is supposed to last a couple months, but the goal is to have the team in place by summer. They team will be able to deploy to other Central Georgia counties as well.