Nevada rescue crews brush up on disaster response skills
CREATED Sep. 10, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As we get closer to the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, members of a local search and rescue team said there's no better time to brush up on their skills.
The Nevada Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1 (NV-TF1) is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency task forces that are prepared to respond to state or federal disasters throughout the U.S and can be deployed by FEMA for the rescue of victims of structural collapse due to disasters.
That's why on Tuesday, members of the task force did a training exercise at their site near Nellis Air Force Base. They simulated operating at an incident involving a building collapse with victims trapped. The exercise involved 45 members of the Task Force.
Mario Trevino, who manages the task force said as we approach the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this kind of training is a good way to pay tribute to those who died that day.
"It is important that we maintain a high level of preparedness," said Trevino, in a statement. "We can best honor those who suffered those attacks by continued vigilance and readiness to respond in an uncertain future."
In the past, the Task Force has been deployed to respond to such disasters as Hurricane Katrina and the Oklahoma City bombing.
NV-TF1 consists of members from Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Henderson Fire Department and North Las Vegas Fire Department, as well as civilians from several private companies.