PRESTONSBURG – Every year, the residents of Floyd County come together to support the Floyd County Emergency & Rescue Squad during its annual radio auction. This year’s auction will take place August 3-6. Individuals interested in bidding and buying items from the auction can visit the Floyd County Emergency & Rescue Squad headquarters located in Prestonsburg or listen to the auction on WDOC AM 1310 or WQHY FM 95.5.
The phone numbers for this year’s radio auction are as follows: 606) 262-2460, (606)262-2461, (606)262-2462, and (606)262-2463.
The Floyd County Rescue Squad is run completely by volunteers and currently has a membership of 38 active members. The auction raises money to help pay bills for the squad. Last year, 700-plus items were up for auction and the event raised over $19,000. This is the 49th year for the radio auction.
The Floyd County Rescue Squad was formed as a result of the tragic bus accident that occurred on February 28,1958. At the time of the accident, no emergency management squad existed to help during this incident. On April 27, 1958, the Floyd County Rescue Squad was created on the riverbank as volunteers were still searching for bodies from the bus crash. Founding member James Goble lost all three of his children in the crash. This is the 58th year anniversary of the squad.
In 2007, the Floyd County Rescue Squad was voted the third best rescue squad in the nation. Captain Tim Cooley created a curriculum class for swift water rescue that was adopted by the Kentucky Emergency Management Association. Member from other rescue organization travel to Prestonsburg to participate and become certified in the swift water rescue training. The class is free to anyone.
“At the time I created the class there were no such training that trained people on swift water rescue,” said Cooley. “Rescuing someone in flood water is much different that a lake or river. Individuals have to know what to do if they are in water and are dealing with trash and debris coming at them while they are trying to rescue an individual. The course is grueling and not for everyone. Usually the first day of class they know if this is something they can handle.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.