The J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University will introduce “Masters of Disaster: Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue,” on Thursday (Jan. 11). The exhibition, open through Feb. 27, consists of photographs, equipment, videos, and interactive pieces from natural disasters, adversities, and the incredible history of Texas Task Force 1.
Since Texas Task Force 1’s establishment in 1997, the team has responded to some of the greatest disasters in America’s history. Photographs of many of these disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and 9-11, will be on display. Artifacts include actual pieces of steel and granite from the World Trade Center and rubble from the famed Disaster City training facility.
A canine demonstration will also be held at the gallery Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Both an emotionally moving exhibition and a learning experience, it shows the tremendous efforts of the Texas Task Force 1 team and the risks set before its members.
Texas Task Force 1 is the state’s first and only statewide urban search and rescue team (US&R) and is administered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of The Texas A&M University System. It is one of 28 national US&R teams under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Team members train in College Station at Disaster City, a 52 acre training resource that provides everything from a collapsible strip mall to a passenger train derailment.
The J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries are located at the northeast corner of the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri. 9am-8pm; Sat. & Sun. 12-6pm. Admission is free.