Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Building Emergency Response Capabilities

Over the Past several months I’ve had the honor of working with North Reading Fire Chief Richard Harris and others throughout the region to build a new resource for our local fire departments – a Tactical Rescue Team. This team, which is staffed by firefighters from many area departments, will be available to respond when needed for rescue operations involving conditions such as structural collapse or instability, confined spaces or trenches.

Recently the team, which has been training intensively for months, convened at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington in preparation for operational readiness and availability beginning in January. Below is a photo of the entire team and one in which I am pictured with Chief Harris and Training Coordinator Rick Nelson.