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Effectiveness in structural collapse rescue requires many other supporting disciplines. Among these include high-angle rope use, confined space entry, vehicle/machinery extraction, trench rescue, and hazardous materials response. Team members are trained in all of these technical rescue fields, and bring this knowledge back to their local agencies.

UT-TF1’s equipment cache contains over 27,000 pieces of specialized search and rescue equipment. This includes heavy breaching and breaking equipment, sensitive search equipment, communications gear, and detection monitors for hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. Nowhere else can one get this much hands-on time.

Whether it be the attacks of September 11th or the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, UT-TF1 has been there through the worst. With this comes a level of emergency response experience obtainable nowhere else. Team members observe first-hand how all of the pieces fit into a national response effort, and are better able to manage and command local emergencies.

This team, and the national US&R system, is truly comprised of the very best response professionals. Being counted among these ranks is not an easy endeavor, but is one that will bring with it the utmost pride and respect.

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