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Posted May 22,2024 08:22
By Jason Bohannon
Rescue Squad Week

May 19, 2024 thru May 25, 2024 is the Official Rescue Squad Week in Tennessee. We appreciate all the hard work and long hours that our Volunteers put in to help the citizens of Putnam County and the many travelers that may pass through our county on a daily basis.  

Posted March 25,2024 10:22
By Putnam County Rescue Squad
Putnam County Rescue New Hire Orientation Weekend

The Putnam County Rescue Squad recently had 7 new members complete the New Hire Orientation weekend. The new hire orientation process is 2 weekends and involves classroom and field training in the following, Extrication, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC), Vanessa K Free (VKF), & Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP). These mew members are now certified in the basics to help their community. Also some of the new members are already trained in the medical field and will a great assets to our Medical First Responder Program.  

Posted March 04,2024 14:00
By Putnam County Rescue Squad
March 4, 2024 The Putnam County Rescue Squad recently responded to the area of Dripping Springs Rd.

The Putnam County Rescue Squad recently responded to the area of Dripping Springs Rd. for a missing persons search. This is a densely wooded area with rugged terrain. The initial 911 caller reported multiple people /lost in the woods, before the call dropped out and dispatchers were unable to reconnect with the caller. Members of the Rescue Squad, including members of the newly-formed Drone Unit responded to the area where the 911 caller’s phone phased during the initial call. An aerial unmanned drone was deployed and quickly located a person in the woods utilizing the FLIR camera. A total of 3 subjects were located uninjured, after being in the woods for an extended period of time.

The Rescue Squad’s new Drone Unit was funded by the Putnam County Commission in the Emergency Management Agency budget. The Rescue Squad functions as a sub-agency of EMA. The team is currently comprised of 2 FAA-licensed unmanned aircraft pilots, with multiple other members in the licensing process. The team currently has two drones with FLIR capabilities, along with a search light and loudspeaker. The drones also have the capability to drop a small payload, such as medical supplies, radios, life jackets, etc. to a located person(s) while rescue teams make access and set up rescue systems.

EMA Director Brandon Smith noted the importance of the technology, “We are extremely grateful to the Putnam County Commission for their support of this project. The investment they made in this technology allowed us to locate the missing persons within about five minutes of arriving in the area, and provided the ability to direct rescue teams safely to their location,” Smith stated. “We now have tools that allow us to perform rescues in a fraction of the time we used to, and with safety overwatch of our rescue teams at all times,” he concluded.

The included photos show the sense enhancing capabilities of a FLIR camera when there are no other light sources. The dark photo shows the use of a standard camera, with only flashlights on the ground. The black and white photo shows how FLIR technology uses detection of infrared radiation, typically emitted from a heat source (thermal radiation), to create an image assembled for video output.

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