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Mountain View Fire and Rescue - Black Diamond Fire Department to participate in training exercise Aug. 29
The Mountain View/Black Diamond Fire and Rescue will be participating in a regional exercise simulating the Howard Hanson Dam/Green River Flooding Scenario on Wednesday Aug. 29.
The exercise will utilize a mobile State DEM Air Branch to coordinate the deployment of all regional aviation assets in support of anticipated local mission requests.
The exercise will be utilizing a variety fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial systems drones and ground support units.
King County Sheriff, Pierce County Sheriff, Snohomish County Sheriff, Washington State Patrol and Navy Air Assets will be coordinated for rescue activities to support ground rescue crews at several sites along the Green River.
Several fire agencies in South King County will be participating in various locations. District 44 swift water technicians and King County Sheriff Marine Unit personnel will be working jointly to conduct ground rescue operations in the Green Valley area supported by a US Navy MH-60 Seahawk and Pierce County Sheriff Cessna 206.
Swift water rescue ground crews will exercise airlifting rescued flood victims. District and KCS Marine Unit personnel participated in a daylong training event, practicing operational procedures with air assets on July 30. Crews were air hoisted into helicopters and trained on the use of the “AIRTEP” tactical extrication platform.
The AIRTEP is utilized to insert and/or extract rescuers into areas accessible only by air.
Carried beneath a helicopter, the device can insert several rescuers at the same time into isolated areas. Fire District 44 and the KCS Marine unit swift water joint team have conducted several rescue operations on the Green River this year.
Persons utilizing rivers should be aware of the extreme dangers that rivers can pose, utilize personal floatation devises (life vests), not float or swim in rivers that are beyond their or their equipment capabilities and use extreme caution when recreating around open bodies of water and rivers.