“It’s high risk, low frequency,” Scott said.
Though it’s uncommon to call out the ERT team, Scott said just having a trained group of local volunteers on hand can make a difference when it counts.
The closest similar groups operate out of the Metroplex area and take about an hour just to reach an incident in the east part of the county, longer to the west, Scott said.
For about three years, the trench rescue equipment has been in moth balls, West said.
The group lapsed due to lack of organization, interest and, particularly, funding, according to Scott.
But now that the former search and rescue group has been reformed as the Parker County Emergency Response Team and is becoming operational, they are beginning to learn or relearn how to use the equipment.
That step forward happened with the help of the community, as well as the volunteers, Scott said.
ESD No. 6 Spring Creek volunteered their station for the classroom time and QFC Services allowed the team to use the land to gain the hands on experience.
Lowes donated material and equipment, such as the lumber, and United Rentals donated the use of the backhoe all weekend, Scott said. The Parker County CERT team was also on hand providing rehab service as the volunteers took up shovels on the 80-degree day.