BY LARRY COLLINSIn mid-afternoon of August 30 (Hurricane Katrina made landfall at 6 a.m. on August 29), FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) “White” IST Leaders Rick Martinez [chief of the Sacramento Metro (CA) Fire Department] and Dean Cathey [assistant chief of the Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department] completed their initial tasking at the federal staging area at Stennis Space Center and responded to Gulfport, Mississippi, where they had previously assigned the remainder of the IST to establish contact with the local authorities, initiate search and rescue operations in support of the local and state resources already working there, and establish a base of operations for ...

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