Toms River Fire Department task force participates in search and rescue drill
Some of the worst case scenarios for residents were played out at the Toms River Fire Academy on Sunday, September 25th as members of the Toms River Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Task Force honed their emergency response skills in a drill to designed for coordinated emergency response efforts. In August, many of the area’s local responders were called upon to use their skills in a real life setting as Hurricane Irene pounded the Jersey Shore, but other daily threats to the safety of residents exist, which was even more evident with the earthquake earlier in the month. What if a building collapsed and victims had to be rescued? What if people were trapped under tons of steel and concrete debris? Those were just some of the scenarios played out in which first responders had to contend with. Ocean County’s Community Emergency Response Team and New Jersey’s Regional USAR Strike Teams participated in the exercise.
The Toms River Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Taskforce has been established in order to have trained firefighters ready to be deployed to any technical rescue emergency in Toms River Township. A technical rescue is any emergency involving a confined space, trench collapse, high angle rope rescue scenario or a structural collapse incident. The Technical Rescue Taskforce consists of fire department personnel from all six Toms River Fire Companies.
The six hour event ran from 7am until shortly after 1pm.
All Photos by Rob Raia / Toms River Fire Department.
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