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.

Airman From Fort Oglethorpe Defends Operating Base In Kabul

A U.S. Air Force Airman who calls Fort Oglethorpe home successfully defended his forward operating base here during a more than four hour insurgent attack, July 17, 2014. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Webb, brother of Cyndi Horner of Ringold, is currently deployed and serving as a Security Forces member with the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing at Forward Operating Base OQAB, at Kabul International ... (click for more)

15th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Golf Classic Is Aug. 25

Area golfers will tee off for the 15 th annual Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Charities® Verizon Wireless Golf Classic on Aug. 25. Golfers may register a team or join a team as an individual. Entry fee for one player is $300, which includes two meals plus a goody bag of various items and coupons plus a $75 voucher to purchase pro-shop items. Teams ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)