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(L-R ID) Engineer Andy Haston, Lieutenant Matthew Lupo, Engineer Ryan Connelly, Paramedic Patrick Miller and Paramedic Robbie Gingrow.

May 29th through May 31st, three members from Rutherford County Fire-Rescue as well as 2 members from Rutherford County EMS went down to Ocoee Tennessee to be on the Ocoee river for a class on swift-water rescue.

The class was put on by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and was the first ever TARS class in swift-water that is compliant with the National Fire Protection Association. The class went over safely rescuing victims from rapid moving water from floods, rivers or other waterways using various techniques like swimming, ropes or poles.


Chief Larry Farley commented, "This will help by providing more trained rescuers to assist with incidents on the Stones River, other creeks and rivers as well as flood waters within or around Rutherford County. There will be several more of these classes put on over the year with more members from these agencies going through them."

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Swift Water Rescue; Rutherford County Fire & Rescue; EMS; Larry Farley; WGNS
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