Massachusetts Task Force 1

Urban Search & Rescue
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  • Superstorm Sandy

    Posted on November 8th, 2012 MA-TF 1 No comments

    As Hurricane Sandy turned into Superstorm Sandy, MA-TF 1 was activated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to stand at the ready as a state asset.

    After the storm passed, MA-TF 1 was activated as a federal team and deployed to New York.

    MA-TF 1 joined several other US&R teams and conducted search and rescue operations in and around New York City for several days.

    Massachusetts Task Force 1 wishes all of the people affected by Sandy the very best during the difficult recovery to come. Several members of the team are returning to New York as part of other relief efforts.

    Photojournalist Robert Scott Button embedded with MA-TF 1 and created a short film of the journey.


    Sandy from Robert Scott Button on Vimeo.

    You can view this film on his Vimeo Channel here.

  • Vigilant Guard 2012

    Posted on August 5th, 2012 MA-TF 1 No comments

    Massachusetts Task Force 1 participated in Vigilant Guard 2012, held from July 30 – August 2, 2012. This exercise brought together numerous public safety and Homeland Security elements including the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team, the Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue team, Connecticut state resources, National Guard CERFP units, the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous other state and local public safety agencies. This four-day exercise enabled disparate groups with similar and complementary missions and abilities to practice working as integrated teams. More than 1,100 personnel and civilian role players participated in this valuable event.

    A slideshow of the event can be seen below. Click on the slideshow to view the entire album.



  • Russian EMERCOM Visit

    Posted on July 22nd, 2011 MA-TF 1 No comments

    This week, a delegation from Russia’s Emergency Control Ministry (EMERCOM) joined officials from FEMA and OFDA to tour our training facility. Members of MA-TF 1 volunteered their time to put on a demonstration of our Urban Search & Rescue capabilities. A slideshow of the visit can be seen below.