Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team practices skills on Susquehanna River
The air was abuzz over Fort Hunter, just north of Harrisburg, as several state and local organizations took part in Operation Hurricane.
Led by the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, made up of state Fish and Boat Commission waterways conservation officers, the full-scale training exercise on Thursday, Aug. 15, tested rescuers' skills as they dropped from several Pennsylvania Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and a CH-47 Chinook.
Scenarios were based on a post-hurricane response where "victims" were rescued from submerged vehicles, rooftops or boat crashes.
Participating organizations included PA-HART, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Swiftwater Rescue Team, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Special Medical Response Team, Rescue Fire Co., Susquehanna Township EMS, Dauphin-Middle Paxton Township Fire Co., Harrisburg River Rescue and Robinson Township (Allegheny County) Volunteer Fire Co.
PA-HART is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and PEMA, along with credentialed civilian rescue technicians.