I had the opportunity to attend one of their training classes and get a first-hand look at what goes on. According to Rescue Chief, Barry Fox, these training sessions are done twice a month, keeping up with techniques so they will be ready when they are needed. Usually about 15 rescuers train at each session. This session was instructed by Tim Cook, who is on the State Fire and Rescue. The concensus is that you can never get enough training. He said it usually takes 20 to 25 minutes for an extrication and entails many jobs, from using the jaws to directing traffic to making sure lighting is set up for night extrications.
According to Chief Fox, our Rescue Squad doesn’t only do extrications when a wreck occurs in Trigg County. He told me they do water searches and recovery, aid Trigg EMS personnel, and even help with animal rescues. A case in point was when a horse fell in a sink hole and they were called to help pull the horse to safety.
Judge Executive Stan Humphries stated that Rescue fills a vital role in the community. The county relies heavily on the volunteers. He says it is a commitment of time for these individuals. “The county tries to supply the resources, provided adequately and in a timely manner,” he said. “Extrication training is very beneficial for insuring the personnel is trained and up to speed for first-responder situations at the scene.”
“Safety is first and foremost for all responders, in all situations,” Randy Wade, Trigg County Emergency Manager added.
The public plays a vital role in helping with training aids for these practice sessions. Chief Fox said that some individuals in the county provide cars for the members to “cut apart.” Some even come from Hopkinsville. James Flood, Trigg County Public Information Officer, stated the vehicles for this session were donated by Trigg County Auto and C&C Towing.
Mr. Flood also added that our Trigg County Rescue Squad assists in hazardous material situation, farm accidents, at any given time are called to assist EMS or assist in traffic control if requested by law enforcement.
During the ice storm last January our Rescue Squad members, along with fire personnel and other volunteers provided all types of services, including clearing roads with chainsaws and other power equipment. They delivered generators for those with medical conditions, getting medical personnel to work and back home safely, assisted the water company in starting and keeping the water flowing in the county. They also aided the city in cutting wood for public use and numerous other activities.
The total volunteer hours of labor for the county equalled more than FEMA matched for Trigg County.
When asked about how a spouse feels, Jodi Fox, wife of the chief stated that they live with rescue 24/7. “I take pride in what my husband does,” she said. “He makes sacrifices where he doesn’t always make dinner or ball games. Anything to do with his kids. Rescue is doing great things for the community.”
The members don’t do what they do for recognition, but they certainly do deserve it. People expect them to be there for them, when they want or need them, without realizing they don’t have to be there. They do what they do because they care about their community and want to serve.
I can only say “THANK YOU” for all that go out of their way for their fellow citizens.
This press release was submitted by Ramona Hamilton.