Firefighter Training

Rescue Challenge 99

Issue 8 and Volume 152.

Rescue Challenge `99 DAVID BOGOZ KENNETH E. SALFELDER Your technical rescue team is dispatched for a parking garage collapse. Is your team up for the challenge? This is just one of the questions answered for those who participated in the 5th Annual Rescue Challenge hosted by the Alexandria (VA) and Arlington County (VA) Fire Departments. The event was held in Northern Virginia during the last week of April. The Committee for Rescue Challenge 1999, which began meeting in October 1998, wanted to improve on the successful 1998 Challenge. This was achieved by offering full-day instead of half-day exercises and planning the exercises so that two teams could work together instead of only one team at a time. Nine teams from 12 jurisdictions participated: Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Roanoke Valley, and Salem, Virginia; Howard County, Maryland; and a U.S. Army engineering company…

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