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Alameda County Fire Department Takes First Place at Urban Shield

The Urban Search and Rescue team won the competition, outscoring 11 other teams from around the Bay Area.

Submitted by: Alemeda County Fire Department

On Monday, October 29th the Alameda County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team was announced as the First Place recipient of the 2012 Urban Shield Urban Search and Rescue Competition during the Urban Shield Awards Banquet at the Oakland Marriott.

Urban Shield is the largest annual Department of Homeland Security exercise in the United States. This year twelve Urban Search and Rescue teams from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were presented with a variety of challenging scenarios that reflect the reality of operating in an “all-risk” environment.

Urban Shield is a test of response readiness capabilities and is a performance-based training and exercise program involving local, state, and federal first responders in addition to personnel from public works and emergency medical services along with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. The event provides an objective assessment of a response team’s capabilities so that strengths and areas for improvement can be identified.

“While promoted as a competition, the real benefit to participants is the opportunity to bolster preparedness and validate the benefits of such capabilities to the communities they serve,” said Rob Schnepp, ACFD Division Chief of Special Operations.

Led by Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Leader, Captain Jim Call, the ACFD Urban Search and Rescue Team won the competition, outscoring 11 other teams from around the Bay Area. Given the level of training and experience in and around the region, this is a significant accomplishment for the 10-member team.

Additionally, the ACFD Urban Search and Rescue Team won the competition in 2011, becoming the only team in event history to be repeat First Place recipients.

The members of the First Place 2012 ACFD Urban Search and Rescue Team are:

Task Force Leader, Captain Jim Call
Captain Clare Takhar
Engineer Brandon Franco
Firefighter Anthony McAdams
Firefighter Garrett Brown

Captain Tom Pappas
Engineer Dean Lundstrom
Firefighter Paige Bowie
Firefighter Carl Denyer
Firefighter Brian Ferreira

Debbie White November 01, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Quite an honor.. Congratulations!!
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