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  • 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.

  • Western Massachusetts Tornado

    Posted on June 5th, 2011 MA-TF 1 No comments

    On June 1, 2011, MA-TF 1 was deployed as a Type 1 US&R Task Force state resource to assist in Search and Rescue efforts following an EF3 Tornado that tore through Springfield and West Springfield Massachusetts.

    The 80 person team consisted of Structural Engineers, Medical Specialists, Canine and Technical Search, HAZMAT, Structural Collapse Technician certified Rescue Specialists, Comm Specs, Technical Information Specs, and a contingent of Logistics specialists. The team was lead by two Task Force leaders, Two Rescue Team Managers, two Medical Team Managers, two Planning Team managers, two Logistics Managers, and two Safety Officers.

    These personnel allowed for two fully function teams to conduct continuous search & rescue operations around the clock.

    MA-TF 1 worked with local officials in Springfield and West Springfield to search heavily damaged areas for trapped victims and assess damaged structures. This included the Six Corners area of Springfield and the Union St. downtown area of West Springfield.

    MA-TF 1 covered over 15 street-miles on foot and searched or assessed over 500 structures.

    Click the slideshow below to view the photos on our Picasa Album. There is also a short video montage of the team traveling through the storm and conducting search operations on site.