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LCDRT adds three additional Public Safety Divers to the Team

Loudon County's only dedicated water rescue agency boasts some new faces.

Capt. Chad Walters said that means the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team now has 11 volunteer members.

"We respond to all water-related emergencies on all bodies of water in the county and are available for mutual aid to surrounding counties," Walters said. "There are eight operational public safety divers, including the three that just completed the course and routine. Three are on hold because they just medically can't dive right now."

The local dive and rescue team works with fire departments and law enforcement for water-related emergencies.

"If you look at a map, Loudon County is surrounded by water. One way on the interstate you have the Tennessee River. Down toward Loudon you have water. Then go across the dam you have Fort Loudoun Lake and Tellico Lake. Tellico Village is surrounded by water," Chad Tinch, LCDRT equipment officer, said.

"A lot of new communities are developing by the lake," he said. "We are really lucky in this area to have no more drownings and boat accidents than what we have right now with as many people who use the waterways."

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LCDRT Mission Statement:

The formation and purpose of the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team is to be prepared to execute rescue and recovery operations in or on the waterways of Loudon County within the scope of team training, experience and equipment limitations as designated from time to time by team leadership and Standard Operating Guidelines.

In 1995, the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team (LCDRT) was organized to assist public services agencies and organizations with underwater search, rescue, recovery, and crime scene investigations. LCDRT combines the unique skills of police officers, fire-rescue, and EMS trained personnel with the field of search and rescue, and recovery diving to form a specialty team.

LCDRT relies on donations for most of its operation and training budget. LCDRT is a 501 (C3) non-profit organization your donations are tax deductible! We receive most of our support from the community through donations and fund raising events. LCDRT needs support from the community to maintain our equipment and for training to improve our rescue capabilities. Donations are gratefully accepted.. Make checks payable to LCDRT or go to our DONATIONS page and donate through Paypal. Please send us your name and address with your donation so that we may acknowledge your contribution. Thank you very much! The dive team is solely supported by the United Way of Knoxville and by individual donations.
The need was for an all volunteer organization of highly skilled and trained dive/rescue professionals. Who were available for any water event or tragedy that occurred in Loudon County or the surrounding area.

 

Please provide the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team a donation

Mail to:
Loudon County Dive Rescue Team
5127 Jackson Ferry Road
Greenback , TN 37742

 

Three More Public Safety Divers added to the TeamIn an interview with Stephanie Myers of the News-Herald published 12/22/2011; Capt. Chad Walters and Chad Tinch discuss the status of the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team and it's recent additions.

Loudon County's only dedicated water rescue agency boasts some new faces.

Capt. Chad Walters said that means the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team now has 11 volunteer members.

"We respond to all water-related emergencies on all bodies of water in the county and are available for mutual aid to surrounding counties," Walters said. "There are eight operational public safety divers, including the three that just completed the course and routine. Three are on hold because they just medically can't dive right now."

The local dive and rescue team works with fire departments and law enforcement for water-related emergencies.

"If you look at a map, Loudon County is surrounded by water. One way on the interstate you have the Tennessee River. Down toward Loudon you have water. Then go across the dam you have Fort Loudon Lake and Tellico Lake. Tellico Village is surrounded by water," Chad Tinch, LCDRT equipment officer, said.

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LCDRT provides Shore Technician training Several of the LCDRT Team provided training to the Loudon County Fire Department. This training covered all aspects of being a Shore Technician. A shore technician are the eyes for a Rescue Diver, during a search, the Shore technician guides the rescue diver with commands issued via the rope, in which, both the diver and the shore technician are attached. Each pull of the rope has a specific meaning to either the diver or the shore technician, depending on who initiates the pull of the rope and how many pulls there are.

2012 Loudon County Dive Team Training Schedule to be posted on Team Calendar The 2012 LCDRT training schedule will be posted ont eh Dive Teams calendar very shortly. Please review and mark your personal calendars for the upcoming year's planned training events. The calendar is located here. (Training Calendar)

LCDRT gets Radio Repeater ON AIRThe Loudon County Dive Rescue Team has crossed a major hurdle, with the final deployment and testing of a UHF radio repeater. This will allow the Loudon County 911 Dispatch Center to contact and follow the movement of the LCDRT during activations of the Dive Team. The team has been working towards this operational event for years and finally after licensing and logistical problems the dive team now has their own radio communications infrastructure which should allow for excellent county wide coverage.

2004 Loudon County Wide Exercise In a training session conducted this past Saturday that resembled a "who is who" among emergency responders in Loudon County, the experts in water emergencies gathered for the first time to share knowledge and experience with all the other agencies that have responsibility on the water.
All Loudon County Emergency agencies that have some responsibility during a water emergency converged for the first time Saturday to talk about their functions and areas of responsibility. There were fourteen agencies represented by the 45 persons in attendance.
They included Loudon County Dive-Rescue Team, Loudon County Fire/Rescue Squad, Lenoir City Fire Dept, Philadelphia Fire Dept. Loudon Fire Dept, Greenback Fire Dept, Tellico Village Fire Dept, Tellico Boaters Assistance Response Team, SeaTow, TVA Police, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Loudon County Sheriffs Dept, Loudon County Communications Center, and Rural/Metro Ambulance Service.
Each agency provided a spokesperson who described the structure of their agency, water specific expertise and tools and resources, as well as specific training that they had to offer. This pool of talent had gathered to describe their ability at this first of it's kind meeting with a common theme of improving teamwork and interoperability between agencies.
These agencies are frequently called upon to perform their jobs during water emergencies but seldom have the time to train all together.
This unique opportunity was organized through a group consisting of the training officers from several of the emergency responders getting together once a month to address the collective training needs of the county. This particular subject, being water emergency management comes on the heels of four drowning accidents the county has had thus far this year on our area lakes.
Lenoir City Fire Chief Richard Martin stated "It's unbelievable the amount of resources that this county has available to respond with in an emergency". "Every department that has to respond to the water in an emergency has their plan of action already thought out completely" Chief Martin said.  "this is an opportunity to see how well the plans work together" he added.
"This morning session was one of the most informational gatherings ever presented in the county. The amount of talent that this county has at their disposal and can bring to bear during an emergency is something to be proud to be a part of" stated Howard Alexander, the Training Officer for the Loudon County Dive Rescue Team.
Lenoir City Training Officer Lt. Phil Terry conducted a session in the Incident Command System.  The ICS is an organizational method commonly used by emergency responders to insure an effective use of resources with a systematic approach to managing emergencies ranging for vehicle accidents to multi-alarm fires.
After a break for lunch, the educational proceedings continued at the waters edge on Tellico Lake. The operations of the counties Mobile Communications trailer was demonstrated by 911 Dispatcher Kevin Walker. Recovery operations, techniques and practices were demonstrated by Loudon County Fire/Rescue Squad member Chris Martin. Loudon County Dive Rescue Team Assistant Team Leader Earl Poe demonstrated the on-scene working of the dive team and how to get a diver into the water and conduct search operations.
As well planned as the day of training was, the event was cut short for safety reasons when a unexpected thunder storm descended on the training participants.  The remainder of the training will be conducted at a later undisclosed date. There was a realistic exercise planned as the finale of the day with all participants being called upon to organize a search for an accident victim somewhere on Tellico Lake, effectively communicate a plan to the responders and rescue a "dummy drowning victim" within a one hour time frame. Not a small task considering the 25,000 acre area covered by Tellico Lake
This training session is one of three planned for the year. The first was conducted in May and was centered on the principles of managing a search over land for a lost person. The topic for the next session to be conducted in October has yet to be determined, but will most likely be a large scale mock disaster.

Other photos of training exerciseHere are a couple more pictures of the training with the Lenoir City Fire Department:

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