1/14/2010 12:00 AM
The TX-TF1 Urban Search and Rescue Team is comprised of 80 personnel, 4 search and rescue canines, search and technical rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, structural engineers, other support personnel, and approximately 51 tons of rescue equipment and supplies. The team is self-sustaining for 14 days and deployable by aircraft to anywhere in the United States within 4 hours of activation. The task force has also deployed nationally over 70 times, to include the Shuttle Columbia disaster, the World Trade Center, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike.
Since 1998, TX-TF1 has used the unique facilities at Disaster City? as its primary training and testing area for large-scale incidents. Located in College Station, Texas, this 52-acre mock city, includes numerous full-scale collapsed buildings and has trained search and rescue teams from across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.