CFD Conducts Urban Search And Rescue Training

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Chattanooga firefighters begin shoring up part of the two-story building as the training begins. They’ll make their way closer to the collapsed portion of the building in the background as the training continues.
Chattanooga firefighters begin shoring up part of the two-story building as the training begins. They’ll make their way closer to the collapsed portion of the building in the background as the training continues.

The Chattanooga Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue team began special training Tuesday morning at the old Alabama Furniture Company, at 2200 Glass St.  

USAR team members from all three shifts will be practicing “shoring” techniques, which are used for incidents involving collapsed structures.

Training Chief Phillip Hyman said the firefighters, specially trained in technical rescue incidents, will shore up a portion of the two-story, collapsed building, just as they would in a real emergency where victims are trapped in the fallen debris. “It’s labor-intensive and hot,” said Chief Hyman. “The firefighters must not only do this as quickly as they can, but correctly and safely, because a lot can go wrong if you’re not careful.” 

The training will continue through Thursday.

Firefighters carry in a section of the shoring lumber they assembled outside the building.
Firefighters carry in a section of the shoring lumber they assembled outside the building.

East Ridge Police Department To Conduct Labor Day Weekend Saturation

The East Ridge Police Department will be conducting a patrol saturation across the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The additional officers will focus their efforts on vehicle crash reduction and public safety enhancement. ERPD would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend. (click for more)

TDOT Halts Lane Closures On Tennessee Highways For Labor Day Weekend

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday through 6 a.m. on Tuesday.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday. ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)