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  • Congressional Staff Visit

    Posted on July 9th, 2010 MA-TF 1 No comments

    On July 8, 2010, MA-TF 1 was pleased to host a visit by members of the Congressional staff. Delegates included staffers from the offices of U.S. Senator John Kerry, Congressman Edward Markey, Congressman John Tierney, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and Congressman Barney Frank.

    Twenty Seven members of MA-TF 1 donated their time to present the staffers with demonstrations of our Task Force’s capabilities. Presentations were made in the areas of : Base of Operations/ Command & Control, HAZMAT detection and monitoring, concrete breaching and breaking, steel cutting, canine search, technical search, and medical support.

    Photos of the visit can be seen in the slideshow below, or at our online photo album.



  • MA-TF 1 Hosts the 2010 National US&R Working Group Meetings in Boston

    Posted on June 18th, 2010 MA-TF 1 No comments

    The Massachusetts Task Force was pleased to host the 2010 National US&R Working Group meetings in Boston this week. The annual event allows representatives from each US&R discipline to work on improvements for the coming year.

    FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino welcomed the group to Boston on Tuesday morning.

    Some photos of the event are in the slideshow 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.