Miller County emergency management dive team to conduct exercise Oct. 9

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TEXARKANA — The Miller County emergency management dive team will conduct a fundamental dive exercise at Lake Dieffenbacher in Bobby Ferguson Park on Oct. 9.

The exercise will coordinate with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, the Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department, and other emergency response agencies in Miller County, such as the volunteer fire departments.

The exercise will focus on operational response, communications, coordination among agencies.

Several scenarios will be provided to test evidence location and retrieval, remains recovery, according to the OEM.

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“This exercise provides an opportunity for the volunteers who comprise a large majority of the Miller County Dive Team, to showcase their abilities and training,” OEM director Joe Bennett said.

The dive team is headed by OEM deputy coordinator and Mandeville fire chief Travis Loehr.

“The dive team is off to a great start with several members certified,” Loehr said. “We had the unfortunate duty of retrieving a drowning victim from the Red River last year and have had several requests for divers, so the team was resurrected, trained, equipped and is now in active service.”

Anyone interested in assisting, volunteering or financially supporting the Dive or Search and Rescue Team, please email Joe Bennett at or Travis Loehr at