Mooresville Fire-Rescue swiftwater team staying local ahead of Florence


Pictured above: Mooresville Fire-Rescue says its swiftwater rescue gear and personnel are ready for the arrival of Hurricane Florence – WSIC Photos


Mooresville Fire-Rescue’s swiftwater team expected to be deployed to the east ahead of Hurricane Florence, but with significant rainfall a real possibility for the Charlotte region, it’s staying put.

Created more than a decade ago, the team has about forty certified technicians available and was among those called to help with Hurricane Harvey last year. Engineer Nick James was part of that group – he showed us the gear and explained the set-up.

Each raft typically carries the driver, a spotter and two others to conduct the rescue. To avoid becoming the one who has to be rescued, how long should you stay put in a storm? Deputy Chief LaCount says as long as possible.

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell echoed those comments. Officials urge you to stay informed and be prepared.