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NEWS RELEASE 11/13/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Invites Media to Observe an Urban Search and Rescue Team in Action

This week, PF&R will be wrapping up training for firefighters on Urban Search & Rescue (USAR).  USAR teams focus on the location, extrication and stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces.  Entrapments often follow many natural and man-made disasters including: earthquakes, hurricanes and terrorist acts.  This extensive training focuses on the skills that members of these teams need to conduct search and rescue operations in these difficult environments.

On Thursday, November 15th, participants will be conducting the final day of operations and the media is invited to observe.  A member of the Portland USAR team will be available to answer questions.  Members of the media should call Portland Fire & Rescue's media pager to schedule a time to attend.

Contact info, for media use only:
Lt. Damon Simmons, Media Pager (503) 940-6003