Issue 12 and Volume 144.

OPARATION AIR BRIDGE In April 1991 the Los Angeles City (CA) Fire Department participated with 15 other agencies in a mutual-aid disaster exercise involving the airlift of our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team, truck, and equipment from LAX Airport in Los Angeles to San Francisco, where we participated in Operation Air Bridge, a large multijurisdictional drill at Pier 32. The exercise involved the rapid deployment of 16 USAR team members and equipment in response to a simulated mutual-aid request for specialized resources needed for structural collapse. The airlift was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in a C-130 aircraft, and San Francisco Fire Department vans and the chief’s sedan brought the crew and equipment from San Francisco Airport to the drill site. We staged the drill with the following objectives: To test and evaluate our capability to provide a USAR team and equipment for airlift transport. To evaluate our…

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