KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – Did you happen to see a car in the Holston River this weekend as you were passing by?

Not to worry that was just the Homeland Security District 1 regional swift water rescue team out practicing their flood response drills.

Video courtesy Kingsport Fire Department

The drills were conducted Friday through Sunday and were visible to the public if you knew where to look.

Dan Wheeley, Chief of Washington County, Johnson City EMS, told News Channel 11 these drills help the team to prepare for responding to emergencies. “It helps us prepare for large-scale flooding events when we’re called to work together. It’s a regional team, so we don’t get to work together on daily basis as individual departments. And this allows us to come together, train, together and work together, so when we have to deploy out we’re better prepared to respond.”

Video courtesy Kingsport Fire Department

The rescue team comprises Sullivan County EMA, Bristol Fire Department, Kingsport Fire Department, Johnson City Fire Department and Washington County EMS.