NC Swift Water Rescue Teams Receive World-Wide Recognition

SOUTH BEND, Indiana -- North Carolina swift water rescue teams received international accolades for their work during Hurricane Matthew.

The state was presented the Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue during an international conference in Indiana last night. 

Greensboro Fire Department, Winston-Salem Fire Department, and King Fire Department were some of the Triad agencies that contributed to Hurricane Matthew rescue efforts. 

More than 30 teams rescued over 2,300 people during the October 2016 storm. 

Governor Roy Cooper plans to honor the award-winning teams in Raleigh next month. 

This marks the second time North Carolina has received this award. The state received the same honor in 2005 after rescue teams saved more than 1,100 people following Tropical Storms Frances and Ivan. 

 

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