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  • World Trade Center Memorial Steel

    Posted on April 10th, 2010 MA-TF 1 No comments

    MA-TF 1 traveled to New York on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 to retrieve a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The steel will be used in a memorial at the MA-TF 1 training facility in Beverly, MA.

    One of the NY-TF 1 Task Force Leaders was kind enough to meet us at the facility and join us for the day.

    The members were treated to a tour of artifacts from the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001. One of the most striking artifacts stored at the facility is a PATH train that was recovered from the wreckage. This specific PATH train was actually one of the first search missions MA-TF 1 conducted during its week-long response, and the train car still bears the MATF search markings.

    The piece of steel is a section of the World Trade Center where the aircraft impacted the buildings. Known as “impact steel”, the piece MA-TF 1 was granted for its memorial measures approximately 21 feet long and 7 feet wide.

    At the bottom of one piece of the steel was a dried flower, placed into a bolt hole as a memorial in 2001. The flower was in tact and will be preserved to be included as part of the memorial.

    Photos of our trip are below.

  • March 2010 Flooding RNA Response

    Posted on April 10th, 2010 MA-TF 1 No comments

    A massive storm brought record rainfall to New England in March, which resulted in record breaking high water marks and flooding. As part of the FEMA Response, a 20-person modular component of MA-TF 1 was activated to assist with Rapid Needs Assessment in the hardest hit parts of Rhode Island. MA-TF 1 worked with Rhode Island’s state Urban Search and Rescue Team RITF-1 and the US Coast Guard to assist in ground based and aerial assessments of damaged areas.

    Below are some photos from the team’s response.