The Columbia Fire Department Awarded 2016 Higgins and Langley Swiftwater Rescue Incident Award

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Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins was proud to announce today the Columbia Fire Department was awarded the 2016 Higgins and Langley Swiftwater Rescue Incident Award last night during the 2016 Water Rescue Conference hosted by the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals – IAWRP in South Bend, Indiana.
The Columbia Fire Department was awarded for its response to historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin, October 4-5, 2015, which significantly impacted the area. Working with numerous response agencies, multiple individuals, who were trapped in rapidly rising waters, were rescued by shore, boat and helicopter.
Columbia Fire was one of three agencies to receive this prestigious international award. The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards honor outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. They are not heroism awards, but rather recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done, often under extreme conditions, where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, as well as the safety of rescue personnel and the victims who are being rescued.

 

The awards were established in 1993 by members of the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993.

 

2016 Higgins & Langley Awards

Swiftwater Rescue Incident Awards

Columbia Fire Department
Columbia, SC

Honoring the Columbia Fire Department’s response to historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin, October 4-5, 2015, which significantly impacted the area. Working with numerous response agencies, multiple individuals, who were trapped in rapidly rising waters, were rescued by shore, boat and helicopter.

Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Helena, MT

The Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office are being recognized for the June 26-27, 2015 nighttime rescue operation on the Missouri River downstream of the Hauser Dam. Two individuals and two dogs were rescued from a partially submerged boat pinned against a rock.

Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District
Springfield Fire Department
Logan Rogersville and Springfield, MO

Swiftwater Rescue teams from the Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District and Springfield Fire Department are being honored for the May 29-30, 2015 nighttime rescue operation of a family of five, including three children between the ages of 8 and 12, who were swept away in a vehicle and found clinging to trees.

Background

The Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards were established in 1993 by the National Association for Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Committee in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker, who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Los Angeles County Firefighter Paramedic Jeffrey Langley, a pioneer in swiftwater rescue, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993.

Over the past 22-years, the Higgins & Langley Awards have increased awareness about the need for specialized swiftwater and flood rescue training and preparedness. Today, high standards and examples of excellence in swiftwater and flood rescue have inspired public safety agencies worldwide to develop and sustain viable water rescue programs to protect the public and rescuers alike.

The Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards are sponsored by Angel-Guard Rescue Curtain, Los Angeles County Fire Department, CFS Press, Esprit Whitewater, Fire and Rescue Concepts, LLC, K38 Water Safety, Liquid Militia, Kokatat, Mustang Survival, Rescue 3 International/Rescue Source, Rescue Canada- Force 6 Safety Products, Inc., Sierra Rescue/Rescue 3 West, and the Whitewater Rescue Institute, with additional support provided by the Rudi Schulte Family Foundation, the families of Charley Alison Gee, Adam Bischoff, and John B. and Shirley A. Rigg, as well as contributions from many generous individuals.

Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund: http://www.higginsandlangley.org
International Association of Water Rescue Professionals: http://iawrp.com

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