Posted by MIKE ENDRES on Oct 26, 2017
Our guest speakers for our October 26th meeting were Captains Mike Parker (L) and Mike Good (R) of the Colorado Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 (CO-TF1) who spoke of the task force's recent deployments providing disaster response and assistance to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  They provided a lively and interesting presentation and addressed the many questions posed by the club members present.  The National Urban Search and Rescue Response System, established by FEMA in 1989, provides a framework for structuring local emergency services personnel into integrated disaster response forces.  These task forces, such as CO-TF1, equipped with the necessary tools, equipment, requisite skills and techniques are then deployed by FEMA for the rescue of victims of structural collapse.  CO-TF1 has approximately 200 highly trained members from 28 different public and private agencies located throughout Colorado which respond to disasters throughout the US.  CO-TF1 is designed to be totally self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of a deployment and has responded to the collapse of the World Trade Center during 9-11, other hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.