First responders participate in helicopter rescue training


You may have seen some helicopters flying over Greenville but it’s only a drill. 

Greenville Fire and Rescue is participating in a regional helicopter training with N.C. Emergency Management and National Guard. 

The training provides real-life scenarios similar to things seen during Hurricanes Florence and Matthew.

The training started a few hours ago, but Fire and Rescue has been training all throughout the day

Earlier today, Fire and Rescue performed land searches for missing children, elderly people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

These are simulated real-life scenarios.

Fire and Rescue also did helicopter rescues at Pitt-Greenville Airport.

That scenario mocks wide area flooding and standing water. 

“This keeps us on our toes,” said Mervin Taylor, GFR Training Captain. To work together to achieve the common goal.”

During the training, technicians will do helicopter rescues from trees, rooftops and cars and simulated water rescues at the airport.

The training will continue until 10 p.m.

They’re encouraging residents to not be alarmed, this is only a drill.

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