Light urban search and rescue technicians train in Massachusetts

Many people—some wearing light or dark green disruptive pattern uniforms, or dark blue uniforms, some wearing red or white helmets—and three dogs gathered in a clearing in a wooded area, with white smoke rising in the background.
Exercise Vigilant Guard participants gather following a rescue from a structural collapse. Royal Canadian Air Force members, left of centre, wearing dark green disruptive pattern uniforms, are Corporal Andrew Patterson (8 Wing), Aviator Joel Rodin (19 Wing), Corporal Mark Milne (8 Wing), and Corporal Brennen Smith (19 Wing). PHOTO: Submitted

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Light Urban Search and Rescue (LUSAR) technicians deployed to Northfield, Massachusetts, to participate in Exercise Vigilant Guard, held from November 5 to 8, 2018, with the Massachusetts Task Force 1 (MA-TF1). The exercise was part of a broad deployment involving United States military forces, civilian agencies, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The technicians are technical search specialists and structural collapse technicians trained by MA-TF1 at the exceptional training grounds in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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