• After rescuing a mannequin, posing as a injured civilian, from a vehicle partially submerged in water, a fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team carries the citizen to an medical evacuation point during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9. Fort Knox Firemen from Rineyville, Ky., were responsible for evacuating injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles within a flooded residential area during the homeland disaster training.

    Fort Knox firemen dive into Vibrant Response 13

    After rescuing a mannequin, posing as a injured civilian, from a vehicle partially submerged in water, a fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team carries the citizen to an medical evacuation point during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue...

  • Richard Ellsworth, a fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team, attempts to move, lift and pass a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, to another fireman during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9. The Fort Knox Firemen from Rineyville, Ky., were responsible for evacuating injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles within a flooded residential area.

    Fort Knox firemen dive into Vibrant Response 13

    Richard Ellsworth, a fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team, attempts to move, lift and pass a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, to another fireman during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck...

  • Richard Ellsworth, a fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team, attempts to move, lift and pass a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, to another fireman during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9. The Fort Knox Firemen from Rineyville, Ky., were responsible for evacuating injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles within a flooded residential area.

    Fort Knox firemen dive into Vibrant Response 13

    Richard Ellsworth, a fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team, attempts to move, lift and pass a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, to another fireman during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck...

  • With the help of another rescue technician, Betty Townsend, a fireman assigned to the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team, attempts to move, and lift a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, through a small window opening of a house and into a water raft during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9. The Fort Knox Firemen from Rineyville, Ky., were responsible for evacuating injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles within a flooded residential area.

    Fort Knox firemen dive into Vibrant Response 13

    With the help of another rescue technician, Betty Townsend, a fireman assigned to the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team, attempts to move, and lift a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, through a small window opening of a house and...

  • After performing area reconnaissance in a commercial water raft, firemen assigned to the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team prepare to enter a flooded residential area to evacuate injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9. Upon entering the smokey training venue, the Kentucky Firemen from Rineyville, Ky., utilized their technical rescue skills to complete the Vibrant Response homeland disaster training venue, conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North.

    Fort Knox firemen dive into Vibrant Response 13

    After performing area reconnaissance in a commercial water raft, firemen assigned to the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team prepare to enter a flooded residential area to evacuate injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles during a Vibrant Response...

  • A fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team prepares to help his fellow Kentucky rescue technicians evacuate a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9. The Fort Knox Firemen from Rineyville, Ky., were responsible for evacuating injured civilians trapped in houses and vehicles within a flooded residential area.

    Fort Knox firemen dive into Vibrant Response 13

    A fireman with the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team prepares to help his fellow Kentucky rescue technicians evacuate a mannequin, posing as a non-ambulatory injured civilian, during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban...

FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of the Fort Knox Fire Protection Team rescued citizens trapped in flooded residential area during a Vibrant Response 13 water rescue exercise at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Aug. 9.

The Kentucky firemen received real-world rescue training during the homeland disaster training exercise, conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North. Vibrant Response 13 marks the third time the Fort Knox team has participated in the annual exercise.

"This is some of the best training we do all year," said Jacob Geer, a Fort Knox fireman and native of Rineyville, Ky. "People in our department who come here are lucky, because they leave with a lot of knowledge and good training."

Geer and the other firemen were responsible for evacuating mannequins, posing as injured civilians, which were trapped in houses and vehicles during the water rescue exercise.

"What we learn here we'll take back and use it to train other guys in our department," said Geer. "We'll also have people from the city (fire department) come in and we'll train with them too; this training goes a long way."

Over the next four days, the Fort Knox firemen will work with the Alabama National Guard and other Joint Task Force Civil Support units to complete technical rescue training venues.

The Vibrant Response exercise is designed to train JTF-CS units and showcase their ability to provide support to local, state and federal civilian authorities.

During the homeland disaster training exercise, participants also conduct lifesaving and life-sustaining missions, provide logistics support to a theater of operations and perform technical chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) consequence management tasks and civil support plans.

Although the firemen did not train with troops on this water training exercise, Richard Ellsworth, another Fort Knox Fireman who participated in the exercise, admitted he is eager to work with his military counterparts.

"I think it's great we get the opportunity to train with soldiers and conduct the same training that they do," said Ellsworth, a native of Rineyville, Ky.

Ellsworth was one of the fireman who not only rode the water raft across the flooded village to rescue personnel, but he also ensured they were properly evacuated once they returned to land.

"This is our way of letting the troops know we appreciate the support they provide for us, and in turn we also have this opportunity to train with them and assist them on this exercise," said Ellsworth.

As the Vibrant Response 13 exercise continues, the Fort Knox fireman will begin conducting search and extraction operations with their military counterparts. The homeland disaster training, which began mid-July, is scheduled to end later this month.

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