Pictured: Charles Keeling (front row, right, holding banner), Safety Director, Gershow Recycling, poses with members of the newly formed Urban Search And Rescue team at the conclusion of the two-day Urban Search and Rescue drill.
In support of firefighters and emergency service personnel, Gershow Recycling opened its Medford facility to 60-65 technical specialists, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police officers for its Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) training exercise, which was held November 6-7.
The two-day drill was performed by members of the newly formed Urban Search and Rescue Team, Suffolk County Task Force One. The team is comprised of emergency personnel from the Suffolk County volunteer fire departments, Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services and the Suffolk County Police Department and Emergency Medical Services personnel. The team is designed to assist local fire departments with specialized equipment and skills.
At the Gershow site, task force members participated in various scenarios involving the location, rescue and initial medical stabilization of “victims” trapped inside vehicles and underneath collapsed structures. Charles Keeling, Safety Director, Gershow Recycling, assisted in planning various scenarios throughout the scrap yard with the task force members.
Urban Search And Rescue is considered a “multi-hazard” discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms, tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities and the release of hazardous materials.