Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team

Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team LFD TRT Division 3 Specializes in Search & Rescue, High Angle, Confined Space, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse, and Swiftwater Rescue.

Members from A-shift were dispatched to Amherst County to assist with a vehicle in the James River, on 5/26/20. Amherst ...
05/29/2020

Members from A-shift were dispatched to Amherst County to assist with a vehicle in the James River, on 5/26/20.

Amherst Fire Department's post provides more insight into this incident.

Thank you to all who coordinated in the success and safety during this incident.

As always, “Turn Around Don't Drown”!

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Late Entry: (5/26/2020) At 2300 hrs Amherst Communications alerted Monelison Volunteer Fire Department along with Amherst County’s Swiftwater Team for reports of a vehicle fully submerged in the James River near the 1600 block of Stapleton Rd. Chief 2 and Amherst’s
Boat 11 arrived with deputies to confirm the above. Conflicting reports as to the number of individuals in the vehicle at the time of incidence determined the need to launch multiple boats for search and rescue / possible recovery operations. Chief 2 assumed command and immediately requested Campbell County’s assistance.
(Concord Fire Department). Amherst’s Boat 11 launched downstream at Grief while Concord launched upstream at a private boat ramp location. Due to topographical issues, multiple swimmers were tethered and provided downstream safety nets from the incident location. Boat 11 along with Concord’s two boats reached the vehicle and held position while members searched the vehicle to the best of their abilities. With confidence that there were no victims inside, units returned downstream to search other areas and ultimately cleared the scene without incidence. (5/27/2020) At 0919 hrs, Amherst County’s Public Safety Director requested that Amherst County’s Swiftwater Team return to the above location during daylight hours to ensure that no victims were inside the vehicle or upon the riverbank. With the assistance of Lynchburg Fire Department, teams were briefed and three boats were again placed in the water. Amherst’s Boat 11 and Monelison’s Boat 21 reached the vehicle. With the use of a GoPro Hero Max and it’s 360 degree view capability with live-time footage, units were able to quickly scan and confirm that no victims were present. Lynchburg Fire Department’s Boat 1 also scanned the vehicle with camera equipment from their USAR vehicle and noted the same. Teams then assisted in vehicle recovery operations and cleared without incidence.

Monelison Volunteer Fire Department
Concord Volunteer Fire Department
Lynchburg Fire Department
Gladstone Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service
Cash's Garage

Lynchburg Fire Department
09/07/2019

Lynchburg Fire Department

Our members that had been deployed in support of Hurricane Dorian operations, have safely returned to Lynchburg. We appreciate their efforts and the efforts of those members that assisted here at home during their absence. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those that have been affected by the storm and the first responders who continue serve.

09/07/2019

Update: The #VADiv3TRT and #BedfordSOC have been demobilized thankfully with no incidents to report. We are happy that we were able to respond and be here for the citizens of Suffolk and surrounding areas. Currently we are getting some breakfast and will be on the road shortly with an arrival time to Lynchburg around noon. Thank you for all the prayers and positive thoughts.

09/06/2019

Update: #VADiv3TRT, and #BedfordSOC are still staging in Suffolk, VA. As anticipated rain and wind has been steady. The teams met this morning for breakfast and briefing. Following the teams gathered and went over equipment and conducted some training. Currently the teams are getting some lunch and will have another briefing this afternoon. Current concerns for the teams remain the same possible wind damage, and flooding.

09/06/2019

Update: The #VADiv3TRT along with #BedfordSOC have arrived in Suffolk, Va. Travel to the staging area was uneventful. Currently all members are in good spirits and are eager to get to work. In the morning we will conduct some training, and ready our gear for any calls that come our way. Thank you all for your positive thoughts and prayers.

Lynchburg Fire Department
09/06/2019

Lynchburg Fire Department

Members of the Lynchburg Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team (TRT) deployed this afternoon to perform rescue & recovery operations in Southeastern Virginia with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Dorian set to impact that area within 24 hours.

Nine members of the Lynchburg Fire Department Technical Rescue team left this afternoon, along with rescue equipment, to a staging area in Suffolk, VA. Please keep rescue personnel and first responders in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the people who may be impacted by this storm.

Lynchburg Fire Department
07/04/2019

Lynchburg Fire Department

Please be safe as you celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends. A huge shout out to those that are serving today and everyday!

The 3 House
04/12/2019

The 3 House

Rescue 1's crew spent some time today training on technical rescue operations with the tech rescue team from LFD Station 1 "The BIG House". Crews covered rope work and rigging up haul systems.

#LFD #The3House #Cshift

Indianapolis Fire Department
03/27/2019

Indianapolis Fire Department

12:51 PM - With only seconds of daylight to spare a 34 year old man was rescued from a silo at 5160 E 96th St after a 7 ½ hour, full scale effort, by multiple fire department agencies. Indianapolis Fire Department was dispatched to Milestone Contractors for a possible trapped worker inside an asphalt silo. Upon arrival it was confirmed that the man – Billy Joe Walls was indeed trapped in coarse gravel but alert and able to talk to firefighters. IFD Collapse Rescue and Rope Rescue teams worked valiantly for over an hour to extract the man from the silo with no success. With input from onsite Milestone Contractors personnel, plans A, B & C were established. However, with no real way to remove the gravel from the silo - the constant shift of the loose gravel became the biggest obstacle. Rescuers reported that every time progress was made in removing it from around the victim, it would slide back down in a v shaped cone and put them back to square one. Two steps forward, two steps back. Despite the initial use of wood as a barrier to stabilize the area around the victim, gravel removal proved to be like digging out concrete. Additional resources were requested. Among them, Hancock County Collapse Rescue (Sugar Creek FD and Greenfield FD) and Fishers FD. The city of Carmel also sent a large Vacuum truck. With rescuers maintaining constant contact with the victim inside and attempting to utilize wood, a silo kit and sheer muscle, exterior crews worked on creating an access hole on the side of the silo and utilizing the vacuum truck.

Co-workers from Riley Tool and Machine say that Mr. Walls was working inside the silo taking measurements. Normally these silos are filled with asphalt but in order to take measurements they are filled with gravel instead. The gravel allows for a firm work environment on which they can walk. The gravel starts 3 feet from the top and the worker is lowered in. Once measurements are taken at that level – the gravel is released through a port at the bottom in 3 foot increments. At each 3 foot increment – more measurements are taken – more gravel released - until they get to the bottom. The crew was about 30 feet from the top at time of the accident. It is believed that Mr. Walls stepped on the gravel base and hit an air pocket which sucked him into the gravel – much like quicksand. He was still harnessed and attached to his braided stainless rope cable. He remained attached to that until firefighters removed it – just before he was raised. Rescuers were unable to secure him to one of our harnesses as he was buried too deep.

Tac Team 14 utilized a high angle rope system including a main, belay and osha line for each of the 7 rescuers. The OSHA line is used for accountability. Due to the fact that Mr. Walls was buried so deep in the thick gravel, firefighters were on constant watch for any sign of compartment syndrome or compression injury. The constant pressure on the body, lack of movement and ability to perfuse, the body can sustain a build-up of lactic acid which when rapidly released can be deadly to a victim. The shift of the gravel and its subsequent release from the silo had to be well coordinated to protect the health of the patient. Too quick of release could have caused significant and/or catastrophic injury to his lower body. Constant re-evaluation of the rescue process was on going and several ideas were tried to no avail. In the end, at 8:19 pm when the victim was raised to the top, it was a combination of the use of the vacuum truck, the release of gravel from the bottom door (5lbs at a time) and the 7 rescuers (4 IFD, 2 Fishers, 1 Greenfield) hard work inside the silo that kept Mr. Walls from serious injury and gave this rescue a successful outcome. The coordination of effort by all agencies on scene, from the firefighters up top and those working below, was truly a group effort with one mission. Representatives from both agencies said they had never seen this kind of accident before.

Big thanks to the Indianapolis Fire Buffs for their Rehab Support and the Indy Public Safety Foundation for the much needed pizza for the ride home.

03/17/2019
Red House Volunteer Fire Department

VADiv3TRT helped provide some instruction recently for a countywide vehicle extrication class. Great job to all who attended. RHVFD Bacon District, Charlotte Court House, Drakes, and Phenix

RHVFD members participated in a countywide extrication class today held in Phenix. Members from Bacon District, Charlotte Court House, Drakes, and Phenix also attended. Thanks to the instructors from Lynchburg Fire Technical Rescue Team for the excellent instruction. Take your training, build on it, and pass it on!

WDBJ7
03/14/2019
WDBJ7

WDBJ7

BREAKING NEWS: Over 60 people are on a VDEM coordinated search to find 28-year-old Nathan William Faidley Thursday afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia State Police and the Family of Trooper Dowell during this very difficult...
02/05/2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia State Police and the Family of Trooper Dowell during this very difficult time.

Beautiful day today to get some vertical entries done. The @VADiv3TRT utilized our Arizona Vortex and the Harken Wrench ...
02/04/2019

Beautiful day today to get some vertical entries done. The @VADiv3TRT utilized our Arizona Vortex and the Harken Wrench demo unit. Operations went as smooth as you could imagine. See the few pictures attached. Like Share and Comment.

A little company training on a cold day with the Harken Winch LokHead 500. Awesome tool to add to a rope rescue cache.
02/01/2019

A little company training on a cold day with the Harken Winch LokHead 500. Awesome tool to add to a rope rescue cache.

Day 2 complete. A little chilly but overall a great day for training. Finished up training on boat repairs, and conducte...
11/20/2018

Day 2 complete. A little chilly but overall a great day for training. Finished up training on boat repairs, and conducted some boat operations. Big Thanks to Jake from Wing Inflatables for coming down to lead us. #WaterRescue #TechnicalRescue #WingInflatable #MustangSurvival #H2ORescue #Korker #Force6 #Kask

Day 1 of a two day training with Wing Inflatables. Today’s training consisted of valve care, repair, and replacement. Al...
11/19/2018

Day 1 of a two day training with Wing Inflatables. Today’s training consisted of valve care, repair, and replacement. Along with multiple techniques for repairing abrasions, punctures, and tears. All of this will help increase the capabilities of the team allowing for repairs to be made in the field and getting the team up and running in no time. Tomorrow’s training will finish up some boat repair and move onto some basic boat operations with our Wing Inflatable Rescue 4.2 boats.

11/14/2018
City of Lynchburg, Virginia Government

City of Lynchburg, Virginia Government

The City of Lynchburg is anticipating a mix of freezing rain and sleet transitioning to rain from around 4AM Thursday until early Thursday afternoon.

Lynchburg Public Works is prepared to respond to this event and will have crews working through the storm with spreader operations conducted as needed. Due to rain being a big part of the forecast, no pre-treatment of roadways is planned.

Residents should expect icy conditions and are encouraged to stay off roadways if possible. 🌬️❄️💧🌨️

10/12/2018
10/12/2018

#VADiv3TRT deploying to Charlotte CH ***Water Rescue Assignment***

Virginia Department of Transportation
10/11/2018

Virginia Department of Transportation

If you must be on the roads this evening, please exercise caution as thunderstorm warnings are expected to continue tonight, with the possibility of strong, damaging wind gusts associated with Tropical Storm Michael. #VDOT remains ready to respond when needed and when possible. For more information, please click here: http://fal.cn/SQcK

10/11/2018
Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services

Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services

Traffic Hazard: 501 Expressway South ramp to Wards Rd is blocked due to a tree down. Please use caution in the area.

Lynchburg Police Department
10/11/2018

Lynchburg Police Department

#TrafficUpdate Effective immediately, the City of Lynchburg is closing Greenwood Drive between Meadowview Drive and Rhonda Road as a precautionary measure against potential flooding from the Blackwater Creek tributary. No vehicular traffic (including emergency vehicles) will be allowed on this section of Greenwood Drive and all vehicles are advised to use alternate routes. As soon as the threat of flooding is lifted, Greenwood Drive will be reopened.

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
10/10/2018

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

As Hurricane Michael nears, take shelter NOW and stay safe. This is an extremely dangerous storm that will affect multiple states, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

📱 Follow updates from your local officials and NWS office on your phone or radio.

🔹 In a tornado WARNING, go to an interior, windowless room.
🔹 If water comes in, go to the highest floor that’s not flooded but do NOT enter a closed attic.
🔹 Call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency or need rescue.

09/13/2018

Update: Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team has been monitoring the weather same as everyone else. Since there has been a lot of change in the forecast the Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team has been in a shelter in place status. What this means for us is that we will remain in our area ready to respond anywhere we are asked. The team over the last few days have been checking equipment, training, and preparing to respond. Currently, the team is prepared and in a ready state. As always everyone please be safe. Although we are not forecasted to get a lot of rain right now the first part of the week could prove to be a different story. For all of our Police, Fire, and EMS brothers and sisters please be safe. Use common sense, and like we have stated before please utilize proper PPE No TURNOUT GEAR or Fire Helmets. If working near or in water wear a PFD. If the rescue is beyond your capabilities please request the appropriate resources.

ABC 13 - WSET
09/11/2018

ABC 13 - WSET

STATE OF EMERGENCY: Lynchburg has declared a local state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence.

They ask that you STAY HOME during the hurricane if you can.
https://bit.ly/2x0ca2g

09/10/2018

As everybody has been seeing in the news much of the East Coast is on alert as Hurricane Florance approaches. We would like to take the time and remind everyone to prepare for this event. For all Fire EMS and Police that will respond to this event be sure to first take care of your homes and families prior to events kicking off. Once operations start let's be safe. Take the time to remind everyone to #TURNAROUNDDONTDROWN. Anyone conducting water rescue operations please remember to wear appropriate PPE, and DO NOT enter the water in turnout gear and fire helmet. Reach, Throw, Row, Go, and HELO. If the operation is beyond your capabilities please call for appropriate resources. State of Emergency has been declared which has started to put everything into motion for responses. Like Share and Follow #VADiv3TRT for further updates.

This last weekend six of our Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team team members had the opportunity to attend a "Car...
08/20/2018

This last weekend six of our Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team team members had the opportunity to attend a "Car in the water" training at Wisp Mountain Resort in Maryland. As of late this type of training has proven to be very valuable. Here are a few photos of their time in training.

This last weekend six of our Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team team members had the opportunity to attend a "Car in the water" training at Wisp Mountain Resort in Maryland. As of late this type of training has proven to be very valuable. Here are a few photos of their time in training.

LFD: Jonathan, Jeremy, & Roger
08/17/2018
LFD: Jonathan, Jeremy, & Roger

LFD: Jonathan, Jeremy, & Roger

Batalion Chief Jonathan Wright and Firefighter/Paramedics Jeremy Pillow and Roger Rozell joined the special "Honor Our Heroes" program to talk about the night of August 2nd when flash flooding prompte

08/03/2018

***Water Rescue Assignment 08/02/2018*** Yesterday proved to be a long and challenging day for the Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team. Heavy rains have caused significant flooding in the area, along with the potential for a dam failure. Operations were conducted through the evening with the Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team rescuing 32 from flooded apartments, and assisting in evacuations from areas that could see dangerous flooding from a dam failure. Operations ended at about 0230hrs with all members safely returning home. Please keep all that have been impacted by this event in your thoughts and prayer. With more potential for rain in the area again today please avoid any flooded areas and remember #TurnAroundDontDrown.

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