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TCI: Urban Search and Rescue Training (USAR)

#Providenciales, August 13, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Equipped with resources that include search, medical and structural assessment capacity, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) is a general term used for a group of specialized rescue skills that are integrated into a team. It provides a coordinated interagency platform to manage and administer land-based search and rescue activities. It is a key component of a country’s ability to deal with the consequences of emergencies or disasters, including (but not limited to) earthquakes, tropical cyclones, aircraft incidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases.

The Turks & Caicos Islands, like other countries, are susceptible to a number of natural and man-made hazards which can result in the deployment of USAR teams. As such, there is a need to ensure that our First Responders and Volunteers are trained to international and regional standards to assist with various rescue missions if and when the need arise.

To further enhance the Country’s capacity in such a  critical area, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) training from 12th – 17th August, 2019. The training will be held at the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies’ Conference Room, 1316 Customs Complex, Leeward Highway, Providenciales.

The training will be conducted by Mr. Abdias Samuel, National Disaster Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, St. Kitts and Nevis; Mr. George Hazel, Clinical Services Manager, Emergency Training Institute of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr. Carlos Bishop, Leading Fire Officer, Barbados Fire Service.

For further information, please contact Latoya Jones, Training and Education Specialist, 649.338.4039/ Email ljones@govt.tc, Customs Building, Leeward Highway, Providenciales

Release: TCIG

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