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Regional search and rescue team stays prepared for disasters

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 1:15pm

When disasters strike like the tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, the Urban Search and Rescue team here in Northwest Louisiana is often sent to help.

One day after terrifying tornadoes ripped through parts of the South, USAR Task Force 3 packed up supplies just in case they got the call asking for help.  They load up the trucks with water, food, shelter, extra clothes and a variety of tools.

While the task force was not needed this time, they stay prepared by training every month for disaster situations.  They could do anything from shoring a building to recovery to setting up an area for victims to be treated, said Joe Prator of the task force.

The Louisiana Task Force 3 consists of many regional departments including: Shreveport Fire Department, Bossier City Fire Department, Caddo Parish Fire Districts, Bossier Parish Fire Districts and some areas surrounding Ruston.

The team would take truckloads of their own medical and search equipment for a three to four day deployment.  Whether or not the state task force is deployed is decided between state governments.

For any mass search and rescue, the Louisiana Task Force 3 remains one call away, ready to go.

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