COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is training 43 emergency responders from South Carolina Task Force 1 at Disaster City, Feb. 14-21, teaching the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform structural collapse incident rescue.
“We are very excited to be here,” said Tom Webb, the task force’s blue team leader. “We are very impressed with the knowledge of the instructors, and the training site is phenomenal.”
The South Carolina responders are learning topics such as structural engineering systems and building construction as related to disaster situations. They are also performing actual rescue operational procedures such as structural breaching and breaking, lifting and moving, and emergency building shoring.
South Carolina Task Force 1 is a state urban search and rescue team fashioned after the regulations set for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national task forces, such as TEEX-sponsored Texas Task Force 1. The South Carolina team includes 220 members, comprised mainly of emergency services personnel and private and public sector professionals.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.