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Helicopter rescue training on Lake Norman

On location with aquatic rescue teams

Close-up photo of an aquatic rescue team member during a training exercise on Lake Norman, north of Charlotte, NC.

Members of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) refresh their skills during training exercises in May 2012 on Lake Norman. More than 60 National Guards troops, first responders and emergency management officials from across the state spent four days practicing rescuing survivors in various lake conditions.

Photography of aquatic rescue team members being lifted from Lake Norman during training exercises in May 2012.

NCHART combines the expertise of local rescue technicians with the training, maintenance and capabilities of the N.C. National Guard and the N.C. Highway Patrol Aviation units. The NCHART program became the first of its kind in the nation to implement a regimented training and response program that combines the best civilian rescuers with military aviation assets. HART teams were used extensively following hurricanes Frances and Ivan in 2004 to rescue an estimated 350 residents from fast moving water and areas isolated when landslides cut off roads and escape routes. Since then, the teams also have rescued numerous stranded or injured hikers from remote mountainous regions..Participating agencies: N.C. Emergency Management; N.C. National Guard; Lincoln County Emergency Management; Lincoln County Sheriffs Office; Fire Departments from Denver, East Lincoln, Sherrills Ford-Terrell, Mooresville, South Fork, Union, Asheville and Charlotte; Lincoln County EMS; Lincoln County Water Rescue Team; N.C. Wildlife; US Coast Guard Auxillary; Gaston EMS; Lincoln and Cleveland county Local Incident Management Teams; and North Carolina All-Hazards Incident Management Team.

On location photography in Charlotte NC of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) during training exercises.

Photos created on location in Charlotte NC of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) during training exercises.

On location photography in Charlotte NC of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) during training exercises.

Photos of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) during training exercises.

Photography taken in Charlotte NC of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) during training exercises.

North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) during training exercises held on Lake Norman, north of Charlotte, NC.

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2 responses

  1. C.R. Moore, III

    Just read the article on Concord with your images in the June issue of Our State Magazine….It continued to show your unique take on all the subjects you photograph. You are still the best and we are blessed to have you and your talents in our area. Keep up the fantastic work.
    Charlie Moore C.F.D. Photo Unit (retired) Matthews N.C.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    • Thanks for the kind words Charlie. I’m glad you found the blog. Please say “hi” if you ever see me photographing events you are attending. Patrick

      June 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

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