Coast Guard conducts catastrophic incident search and rescue exercise

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, state and local agencies completed a simulated flooding exercise in Wolfe River Chute near Memphis, Tennessee, June 6, 2018. Sector Lower Mississippi River members and partner agencies had approximately 50 individuals involved in the exercise and deployed five shallow draft rescue vessels to safely recover 21 simulated victims. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, state and local agencies completed a simulated flooding exercise in Wolfe River Chute near Memphis, Tennessee, June 6, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard, state and local agencies completed a simulated flooding exercise in Wolfe River Chute near Memphis, Tennessee, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River members and partner agencies had approximately 50 individuals involved in the exercise and deployed five shallow draft rescue vessels to safely recover 21 simulated victims. The victims were assigned different injuries to which first responders then provided simulated medical aid.

Involved in the exercise were:

  • Atoka Fire Department
  • Bartlett Fire Department
  • Covington Fire Department
  • Desoto County Sheriff’s Department
  • Fayette County Fire Department
  • Germantown Fire Department
  • Martin Fire Department
  • Memphis Fire Department
  • Millington Fire Department
  • Naval Support Activity Mid-South Emergency Management Department
  • Naval Support Activity Mid-South Public Affairs
  • Shelby County Office of Preparedness
  • Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
  • Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Little Rock, Ark.
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Springfield, Mo.
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Kimberling City, Mo.

“By coming together and participating in the exercise, the Coast Guard and participating agencies are better prepared to face a waterborne emergency should the need arise,” said Capt. Roxanne Tamez, commander, Sector Lower Mississippi River. “We bring different talents, experience and resources to bear that collectively benefit the greater Memphis community.”

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