Urban Search And Rescue Task Force Called To Activate


Members of the Ohio Task Force One and the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force received orders to activate for Superstorm Sandy on Monday evening.

According to the task force, the team received its orders to mobile its personnel and equipment.

The orders include instructions to link up with the Indiana Task Force One at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Both task forces will remain on standby at the base in anticipation.

The Ohio Search and Rescue Task Force is comprised of 80 people with different backgrounds, such as rescue, search medical, hazmat, planning and logistics.

Several people from central Ohio are on the task force, including one firefighter from Westerville, one from Norwich Township, one from Washington Township and four from the Columbus Division of Fire.

Two members are from a private firm and one is a retired former Upper Arlington fire chief.

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