COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — A disaster can strike at any time or any place and when it does, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA's 28 Urban Search and Rescue teams have to be prepared to respond to a number of situations.
"This is absolutely a necessity," said TEEX Rescue Programs director, David Martin. "This is an essential part of the requirements to be on one of these task forces."
Known for its world-renowned, hands-on training, FEMA awarded TEEX with a one year contract to provide all of the training for the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.
"There will be a variety of classes from structural collapse to K-9 training, logistics, hazardous materials, disaster medical specialists, and task force leaders," Martin said.
The training the 28 Urban Search and Rescue teams will receive at Disaster City will prepare them for natural and man-made disasters.
Instructor Richard Wier says the training and coursework is critical in helping to save lives during an emergency.
"For them to be able to look ahead and plan for what tools they may need, look for what they need to have set up just so they'll be prepared and it makes for a quicker and safer operation," said Wier.
TEEX will also be responsible for creating new courses, updating curriculum and creating an online training portal.
The one-year contract includes four options to extend it up to five years for a combined total of $9.8 million dollars.