Campbell county adds new life saving team

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Sometimes the difference between life and death is only a few seconds away but with a new search and rescue team, Campbell county is better equipped to save lives.

It's a county with a beautiful mountainous terrain that's perfect for hunting, fishing and hiking but beneath all that beauty lies potential danger.

Sheriff Robbie Goins explains "We see more and more calls for help every weekend. People will get lost in the woods and have to wait hours for help."

But now, the sheriff department can activity search for a missing person instead of hanging back and waiting.

Captain Brandon Elkins said "We've decided to be more active and out in the woods hunting down leads and looking for people that go missing."

The team is made up of 10 dedicated sheriff department employees that spent 2 long days learning the basics from Detective Art Wolf out of Roane County.

"It's an expensive team to create and we didn't have the money for it so we looked for help and Detective Wolf offered to train the team for free." said Elkins

They were taught how to survive in extreme conditions to prepare them for every possible situation.

"This team not only learned how to go out and find someone but what to do when they get there. They also learned what to do if they get lost." Elkins said.

The Campbell county community is now a little safer as this team joins an already growing list of new program created by Sheriff Goins.

"Education is key in our field. The more we know; the better we can serve and protect our community." said Goins


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