Technical Rescue

A NEW “HURRICANE” CHAPTER FOR US&R RESPONSE?

Issue 5 and Volume 159.

BY BILL GODFREY Shortly after September 11, 2001, the state of Florida created a number of state-funded urban search and rescue (US&R) teams distributed geographically to provide more depth and timely response to a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) event if one should one occur in Florida. Florida now has nine US&R teams, two federal and seven state teams. As we embarked on this new era, we thought we might see one deployment in five years-maybe. Hurricane deployments didn’t occur to us. As Katrina approached Louisiana and Mississippi, the members of Central Florida Task Force 4 (TF-4) US&R team members sat with the experience of four hurricanes (Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne) under their belts. Our thoughts and hearts were with the people of Louisiana and Mississippi, but as a state resource we never thought we would be called to deploy that far out of our region. We were wrong.…

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