St. Bernard Parish News

Posted on: September 20, 2017

St. Bernard Fire Department participates in Water Rescue Training

water rescue training

St. Bernard Parish Fire Department (SBFD) personnel recentlyparticipated in a full scale training exercise in cooperation with theTangipahoa Parish Fire Department, Tangipahoa Parish Emergency OperationsCenter, Tangipahoa Parish Government, United State Coast Guard, LouisianaDepartment of Wildlife and Fisheries, and over 400 additional first respondersand volunteers from across Louisiana. The training scenario contained mockwater rescue situations including medical calls on the water, victimstrapped in swift water, victims entrapped in attics with rising water, andhomeowners who refused to leave their dwellings. The exercise was designed tocreate confusion for experienced emergency responders and assistnew emergency responders gain invaluable experience in water rescuesituations.  


17 members of the Fire Department participated in the trainingscenario and largely simulated the role of victims. SBFD could notcommit to participating until a few days prior to the training exercise, due tobeing on active standby with New Orleans Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1(USAR TF1) for a possible deployment into Florida in the aftermath ofHurricane Irma. SBFD was also on active standby with New Orleans USAR TF1for a possible deployment into Texas in August during the aftermathof Hurricane Harvey. SBFD has 15 personnel trained in swift water rescue withmany more requesting to be trained. SBFD has had its share of water rescuesituations during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005), responding toPlaquemines Parish during Hurricane Isaac (2012), responding to TerrebonneParish during Hurricane Gustav (2008), and responding to the Baton RougeFloods (2016). 


Participating SBFD members were:


District Chief Troy Serigne

Training Officer Earl Borden

Captain CJ Miller

Captain Richard Steele

Captain Glenn Ellis IV

Captain Mike Wolfe

Captain Nick Elsensohn

Captain Shane Lulei

Captain Nick Campbell

Captain Eric Crotwell

Engineer Devin Murphy

Engineer Joshua Wolfe

Engineer Rebecca Stechmann

Engineer Mitch Chevalier

Firefighter Casey Molinary

Firefighter Mike Henderson

Firefighter Justin Helffrich


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