Emergency crews complete rescue training in the Smokies

Emergency crews complete rescue training in the Smokies

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol's Aviation Unit recently completed training for emergency rescue mission in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security) The Tennessee Highway Patrol's Aviation Unit recently completed training for emergency rescue mission in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security)

GATLINBURG (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol's Aviation Unit recently completed training for emergency rescue mission in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rangers from the National Park Service and the Tennessee State Parks along with first responders from across East Tennessee also took part in the training in the Cades Cover area of the park.

The crews focused on air rescue and evacuation practices. THP is the only state agency that operates helicopters.

Special Operations troopers used the agency's Bell Huey UH1 helicopter to carry out exercises involving many different scenarios that could happen in the mountains.

In one such exercise, troopers secured a stranded and injured victim. Another involved a victim who had been incapacitated due to extreme weather conditions.

During both, troopers were lowered by hoist to the injured individuals on the ground and performed demonstrations on how to safely secure and remove themfrom the situations.

The Bell Huey is the only aircraft on the THP's fleet withthe cargo capacity to be equipped with a motorized hoist used for loweringtroopers and retrieving victims.

THP also operates four Bell Jet Ranger 206 helicopters.

THP's Aviation Unit is also part of the Governor'sMarijuana Eradication Task Force. The pilots fly the Jet Ranger helicopters insearch of illegal marijuana crops in remote locations across Tennessee. Thepilots then guide law enforcement on the ground to the locations to takeenforcement action.

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