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    Into the Hotzone: 287th MAC conducts urban search and rescue training

    Confined yet Confident

    Photo By Officer Candidate Jarvis Mace | 287th Mobility Augmentation Company Sgt. James Christopher Hill secures a training...... read more read more



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    102d Public Affairs Detachment

    MERIDIAN, Miss. - Soldiers with the 287th Mobility Augmentation Company, MSARNG, conducted urban search and rescue training from Sept. 26-27 at the Public Safety Training Facility in Meridian, Miss in order to stay prepared for any contingency they may face. The Mississippi Army National Guard remains “always ready, always there,” by implementing training exercises to keep Soldiers proficient in their tasks.

    “Our job is to go in and mitigate any hazards and gain access to the victims,” said Capt. Matthew Burt, officer in charge of the urban search and rescue team. “We had 10 victims in this scenario and we conducted rescues using our machinery and equipment in confined spaces."

    The exercise required teams to work under hazardous conditions while adding more obstacles to overcome throughout the rescues.

    “The main challenge is doing these rescue mission operations in a Class-C HAZMAT suit in the Mississippi heat,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Mitchell, noncommissioned officer in charge of the search and rescue teams. “They can only spend anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes down in the “hot zone” before they need to come out and rotate teams.”

    Soldiers within the company are attached to the Army’s Command and Control Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Element, a force comprised of 1,500 Reserve and National Guardsmen that possesses search and extraction, mass decontamination, and medical triage capabilities.

    This dynamic exercise prepares the Soldiers to respond to disasters and emergency situations both in Mississippi and across the nation.



    Date Taken: 10.02.2020
    Date Posted: 10.06.2020 13:40
    Story ID: 380179
    Location: MERIDIAN, MS, US 

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