Swiftwater Rescue Team Activated During Flash Flooding.
By Lt Bill Cummings
August 13, 2018

Chester County has once again been inundated with heavy rains today. Multiple water rescues have been ongoing throughout the County. Around 8:45 am, Squad and Boat 53-2 were dispatched to Goshen Road and Plumsock Road in Willistown Township to assist Delco Station 41 with a vehicle submerged in water. The vehicle was found unoccupied. They were then assigned to evacuate an elderly couple from a house that was taking on water. Pictured below is Boat 53-2’s Crew evacuating the residents from a house in Willistown Township. This was just one of numerous water rescue calls in the Tredyffrin/Main Line area. Squad 53 and Boat 53-2 were later relocated to the Valley Forge Middle School in Station 2’s (Berwyn) local to stand by and prepare to assist with rescues in the Tredyffrin/Wayne area. While this swiftwater team was deployed, additional swiftwater crews were standing by on station to provide services wherever they may be needed. After a very busy few hours, Squad 53 and Boat 53-2 safely returned to station. Crews decontaminated their equipment and prepared to respond at a moments notice!

“With Willing Hearts, We Hasten To Assist”!

Photo by Mike McCarthy

Units: Squad 53, Boat 53-2