The United Kingdom’s Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Texas Engineering Extension Service Tuesday, Feb. 20, which will create new opportunities for increased urban search and rescue training and professional development.
Merseyside firefighters and urban search and rescue personnel have been participating in TEEX’s international training programs for the past four years, studying disciplines such as structural collapse rescue, incident command and swift water rescue. The new agreement, however, will expand this training by incorporating additional opportunities such as attending annual operational readiness exercises and actual disaster deployments as observers.
Merseyside Assistant Chief Fire Officer Bill Evans and Director of Operational Planning Brian Locke will sign the agreement with TEEX’s Bill May, who serves as associate agency director.
Upon signing the agreement, Evans and Locke will attend the State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance conference, which is sponsored by Texas Task Force 1 and is being held in College Station.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, 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