NCHARTLast modified: August 17, 2010
Click here – August 2010 Training at Lake James in Burke County
Emergency Response Training Lands at Biltmore
In their 24th connsecutive year North Carolina emergency response agencies have sponsored a spring search and rescue excercise. With Bloodhounds, all-terrain vehicles and satellite-tracking technology, about 200 people from law enforcement, rescue and fire agencies from across the Southeast joined together over part of Biltmore Estate, training in all fields, to find missing people in the rugged terrain of Western North Carolina.
The search at Biltmore Estate simulates operational conditions for a search mission in an excerscise format. A man is “missing” (who actually isnt missing) but participants in this training excercise are treating it like any other search they would do for a missing child or elderly walk-aways. They establish an Incident Managment Team, utilize ground people for foot searches, K-9’s, GPS, maps, Helicopters, ATV’s and multiple other elements that are woven into this systematic approach to finding missing people.
Photos by Steve Dixon/SDixon@citizen-times.com and article by Mike McWilliams