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Home  |  News  |  MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION AWARDS $10,000 GRANT

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION AWARDS $10,000 GRANT
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 
LEXINGTON, SC - The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute awarded a $10,000 grant to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation. The $10,000 will finance training for the Lexington County Joint Swift-Water and Flood Rescue and Recovery Team (JRRT).

The Sheriff’s Foundation is a non-profit group that pays for equipment, training and other items that the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has difficulty acquiring through the normal governmental budget process.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Emergency Medical Services formed the 17-member JRRT in June 2011. The team is available to rescue persons whose safety is in jeopardy in Lake Murray, the Saluda River, Congaree River, North Edisto River and other bodies of water in Lexington County.

The swift-water and flood rescue team includes EMS marine paramedics and members of the Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, Lake Murray Marine Patrol and Aviation Unit. Rescue team members have received training in helicopter aquatic rescue operations, boating safety, dive operations and swift-water and flood rescue.

Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The foundation awards public safety grants in order to support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States and Canada.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to support first responders and their families through program funding that bolster safety and education,” said Matt Blakely, director of Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Through the public safety grants, we partner with organizations, like the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, to ensure that first responders have access to the necessary tools and resources that they need to succeed.”

Members of the swift-water and flood rescue team have conducted rescue training on Lake Murray using the Sheriff’s Department helicopter. During the training, officers used short-haul rescue equipment, which enables deputies to utilize the agency’s helicopter to rescue persons who need assistance in rivers, other waterways or isolated, flooded areas in Lexington County.

Deputies use the short-haul rescue equipment to strap injured persons into a cinch collar rescue device that is lifted to a helicopter from a waterway so that the injured persons can be transported by helicopter to obtain medical treatment.

Members of the Sheriff’s Department Dive Team were the first law enforcement officers in the Midlands to attain certification in the Law Enforcement Diver Phase III course and attain the Master Diver rating administered by Scuba Schools International (SSI).

Dive Team members attained certification by demonstrating proficiency in performing emergency rescue diving, recovering evidence underwater, using metal detectors underwater and diving at night and in conditions in which visibility is limited. Divers also demonstrated proficiency in using a compass to navigate underwater.

The swift-water and flood rescue team is equipped with two jon boats, one all-terrain vehicle and one four-wheel drive vehicle.

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