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Tenn. Guardsmen and Nashville Fire Department HART team practice water hoist rescue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rescue personnel from the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion and the Nashville Fire Department held a joint exercise to practice hoist operations at Old Hickory Lake between Goodlettsville and Hendersonville on Dec. 14. The Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team consisted of a UH-60 Blackhawk four-member crew with three Nashville firefighters who specialize in hoist rescue operations. The HART team trains monthly on a variety of rescue missions to maintain their ability to form a cohesive team. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is also a partner in the HART team and trains with the Nashville Fire Department and Tennessee National Guard. “We practice nearly every week with the Nashville Fire Department to rehearse rescue operations,” said Sgt. 1st Class Eric Rumsey, 1-230th’s lead crew chief and hoist operator for the HART team. “We each spend a year training to become qualified and then practice hoist rescue missions in open water, moving water, on la