Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-08-14 07:00:00 –
Wilson, Tennessee (WKRN) — The Tennessee Guard flies over central Tennessee, practicing responding to large-scale emergencies.
Training is part of Vigilant Guard 2021, a state-wide training exercise in which National Guard work with federal, state, and local first responders.
News2’s Neil Orne joins the HART team to experience the drill first hand.
“This is us here.” Upon receiving a call, the Tennessee National Guard’s helicopter-mounted aquatic rescue team (HART) knows that it will take a few minutes to get into the air.
“If we are in the facility and we know that bad weather is coming, we have to wait an hour. When we get a call, we land for at least an hour. Often we are better than that. It can be faster, “says Eric Rumsey, the first sergeant course on the TN-HART team.
Local responders like the Nashville Fire Engine 12 play an important role in this elite team. The Black Hawk has been rolled up and turned off.
In the air, the radio receives non-stop details of the following seven flood victim scenes.
It takes all the eyes of the crew to find their mission. This crew is one of the top five rescue teams in the country.
What happens next is the ultimate manifestation of teamwork, trust, skills, and frankly guts.
EMT is far from Blackhawk. The guard drift operator in the back is verbally maneuvering the aircraft and barking control calls to the pilot. The pilot is virtually unaware of what is happening below. Still, they fly 13,000 pounds. A beast that is precise to your feet.
If this is not training, training by Wilson County Emergency Management will not be rewarded.
“Locally, we work together almost every day to coordinate fire and rescue teams,” says Rebowling, WEMA Shift Commander. “The ability to incorporate the army and some of what they have only extends the ability to do things.”
They are properly referred to as the Tennessee National Guard HART Team because they represent the soul of the Guard’s mission to save Tennessee’s life under all circumstances.
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