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Ensuring the training site is cleared of mines
Ensuring the training site is cleared of mines

IMG_2567 IMG_2542IMG_2591 IMG_2589 IMG_2605 IMG_2602IMG_1114 IMG_1104 IMG_1116 IMG_1104 IMG_1102 IMG_1092 IMG_1089 IMG_1081 IMG_1079 IMG_1068 IMG_1066 IMG_1064IMG_0998 IMG_0972 IMG_0949 IMG_0925 IMG_0920 IMG_0859IMG_3130IMG_3962IMG_3932IMG_3923IMG_3908The woman in the purple shirt in this series of pictures is the US Ambassador to Kosovo.  We believe that she was highly impressed with her visit with us.  We certainly admired her pluck, willingness to participate, and courage.IMG_4002IMG_0915 IMG_0870 IMG_0850 IMG_0899 IMG_0901 IMG_0907 IMG_0292On August 2nd of this year, a three person team, including our Task Force Leader, arrived in Kosovo to help improve the urban search and rescue capabilities of their US & R task force.  The team will conduct rope, confined space, trench, and structural collapse rescue technician courses as well as basic SAR skills over the next few weeks, and will then put all the basic skills learned into large-scale multi-disciplinary exercises.  The Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) team has been absolutely fantastic.  A core of well trained, experienced instructors will conduct the actual teaching for 120 untrained personnel, and a cadre of about 20 people will be drawn from these untrained personnel to carry on training after the training team leaves.  The contract was originally until October 26th, but an extension until the 20th of December has been requested.IMG_0491IMG_0792IMG_0818IMG_0670IMG_0691IMG_0639IMG_0537IMG_3126IMG_0433IMG_0391

SAR Day 2013 was a huge success! A total of 78 personnel from 16 different agencies and 4 states attended this year. Training in rope rescue, confined space rescue, breaching concrete in a confined space, breaching concrete while suspended by ropes, saw cutting concrete, shoring and K-9 training for both live and deceased victims as well as training both K-9s and personnel in lowering K-9s from 60 feet took place.

 

Many sponsors helped make this day a success. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support and generous donations:

Stonehedge Construction
Hanson Pipe and Precast (www.hansonpipeandprecast.com)
Elysian Fields Animal Clinic & Dr. Paul Koenig, D.V.M.
Life of Riley Pet Photography & Rebecca Ross (www.lifeofrileyphoto.com)
Paratech Rescue Tools (www.paratech.com)
Home Safety Matters (www.homesafetymatters.com)
Glacier Tek (www.glaciertek.com)
Pawz Dog Boots (pawzdogboots.com)
Dogwise (www.dogwise.com)
BiologicVet (www.biologicvet.net)
Hyalogic (www.hyalogic.com)
Marsh Dog (www.marshdog.com)
Platinum Performance (www.platinumperformance.com)
Delca Corp (delcacorp.com)
Zoom Dog (www.zoomdog.info)
Real People Clothing Company (www.etsy.com/shop/rpcc)
Probios (www.probios.com)
Please visit their websites.
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