Suffolk County US&R Task Force 1 Response

BY BRETT M. MARTINEZ An urban search and rescue task force (US&R TF) rarely deploys within the community where its members normally serve. But that happened when the Suffolk County US&R TF 1 deployed for Hurricane Sandy response from October 28 to October 31, 2012. Long Island is 118 miles long and 23 miles at its widest spot. It has a population of more than 7.6 million (2010 census), of which Suffolk County makes up 1.5 million (2010 census). Most communities are densely populated. The island includes the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn to the west and Nassau and Suffolk counties to the east and is considered urban to suburban. Its population density is greatest in...

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