Houston County Rescue President says they are ready if a water rescue is needed


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Water rescue units around the state of Alabama have been busy this week with flash flooding watches and warnings being spread throughout the state.

Here in the Wiregrass there hasn’t been have any flooding events where water rescue was needed, but Houston County Rescue would have been ready if the situation presented itself.

“Our expertise is water rescue or water-related incidents that require recovery,” President of Houston County Rescue, Chris Ball said. “We have 24 members on our team. We train regularly for all different scenarios.”

Houston County Rescue works with Emergency Management or EMA, where they use the different notifications and situations to prepare themselves if they are called to a scene.

This group of 24 members are also volunteers and they also work to train police officers and firemen across the Wiregrass to prepare them for water rescue scenarios.

“Including swift water rescue, vehicles that don’t follow the “turn around don’t drown” tip. They drive through a flooded areas and their vehicles get stuck or get washed off the roadway and they are trapped inside of the car, needing someone to come get them,” Ball said.

Houston County Rescue trains at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center, where they are able to prepare for any scenario that could be thrown their way.

Houston County Rescue also is called to different parts of the state if they are needed.

“Most people think of water as recreational and its fun, but moving water is very dangerous. It will wash a vehicle off a roadway faster then you know what to do and all of sudden you are in a very dangerous situation,” Ball said.

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