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  • Patriot Guard 2: MOBEX 2011

    Posted on May 9th, 2011 MA-TF 1 No comments

    In May, MA-TF 1 joined several National Guard Civil Support Teams and the Barnstable County IMT to participate in Patriot Guard 2. A full Type I US&R team deployed from Beverly, MA to Cape Cod with two missions: The First mission was to conduct a night-time wide area search & rescue of a suburban neighborhood that had structural damage and radiation contamination. The second mission was to provide US&R support to a simulated car bomb exploded at the Sandwich Power Plant. Both missions were a success and provided a strong training environment for MA-TF 1. “We are prepared because we train the way we respond.”

    You can view a slideshow of the training below.

  • Patriort Guard

    Posted on February 6th, 2011 MA-TF 1 No comments

    In November 2010, MA-TF joined several hundred other emergency responders in a large scale exercise.  Photos can be viewed below.

  • National FEMA Canine Certification Trials

    Posted on May 20th, 2010 MA-TF 1 No comments

    On May 15 and 16, 2010, MA-TF 1 hosted a National FEMA Canine Certification Trial. Approximately 27 rescue dogs and their handlers from around the country were tested for certification in Urban Search & Rescue.

    The evaluation also marked the grand opening of the Aggregate Industries Dog Testing Center.

    Aggregate Industries Northeast (AINE) is a crushed stone, asphalt and concrete manufacturer that has created a facility for MA-TF1 with specially designed rubble piles for search dog training and certification. To help maximize testing, AINE has built rubble piles for the US&R dogs with specially engineered void spaces throughout the piles for hiding “victims.”

    During the evaluation, the canines must be able to quickly locate live human victims hidden below the rubble, without being distracted by heavy machinery and other rescue workers.