On April 20, 2013, members of New York Task Force 1 (NY-TF 1), New York City’s Urban Search and Rescue team, conducted a canine training and certification exercise on Staten Island. Canine search teams practiced search and rescue techniques on the city’s two manmade rubble piles. CERT members were placed into confined-space “hides” for rescue dogs to find. The National Urban Search and Rescue Response System has 28 advanced search and rescue task forces strategically located throughout the United States. Coordinated and overseen by FEMA, NY-TF 1 is managed by OEM, and includes approximately 210 specially trained and certified members from the New York Police and Fire Departments.
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