Several Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue canine teams and emergency responders will be exhibiting their skills at Texas A&M University Friday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., as part of the Texas Task Force 1 “Masters of Disaster” six-week display at the J. Wayne Stark University Galleries.
The canine teams will be working at the Rudder Fountain plaza near the university’s Memorial Student Center and will show how they search for victims while on disaster deployments such as the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Hurricane Rita.
Visitors to the free exhibition will also be able to use actual Texas Task Force 1 search cameras, swift water rescue and other equipment.
The Texas Task Force 1 “Masters of Disaster” display consists of photographs, equipment, videos and interactive pieces from deployments throughout the 10-year history of Texas Task Force 1. The exhibit will be open through Feb. 25.
Texas Task Force 1 is the state’s first and only statewide urban search and rescue team 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 urban search and rescue teams under the direction of FEMA.
Team members train in College Station at Disaster City®, a 52-acre training facility that provides everything from a collapsible strip mall to a passenger train derailment.
TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic development.