WPB Mayor James, WPBFD Chief Matty to Introduce Area’s First Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team
The event will take place Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
WHO: West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James
West Palm Beach Fire Department (WPBFD) Chief Diana Matty
WHAT: Introduction of the West Palm Beach Fire Department’s Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team
Mayor Keith A. James and Chief Diana Matty will formally introduce WPBFD’s Swiftwater/Flood SAR team, the first and only such team of its kind within the county that has been certified by the State of Florida. 20 firefighters, who underwent highly specialized rescue training, make up the team.
A Swiftwater/Flood SAR team searches for and rescues individuals who may be injured or in need of medical attention; provides emergency medical care including basic life support; transports humans and animals to the nearest location for air or land transport; provides shore-based and boat-based water rescue; provides animal rescue; supports helicopter rescue operations and urban SAR in water environments.
The Team was certified by the State of Florida in August. This new certification enables the WPBFD to deliver an enhanced degree of response to keep our residents safe in a storm, flood conditions, or emergency. WPBFD is now prepared for a local, state and regional response to storm-related flooding. The team may be called for disaster relief anywhere in the southeast U.S. The team was prepared to respond during Hurricane Dorian but, ultimately, was not required.
***Mayor and Chief to grant interviews. The Swiftwater/Flood SAR team will conduct a highly visual demo. The media is invited to join the team on the water. ***
All advanced training and related equipment-- including ropes, dry suits, etc. – were funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG).
WHERE: Currie Park Boat Ramps, 2400 Flagler Drive
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2019; 10:30 a.m.
Mayor and Chief to deliver brief remarks with demo to follow.