How FEMA's Search And Rescue Task Force Prepares For A Deadly ‘What If’ Scenario | NBC Nightly News

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Lester Holt was granted rare access to one of FEMA’s 28 urban search and rescue task force teams across the United States. He gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how they train for a potential terror attack in a mock subway station, developing critical new capabilities to respond to an attack. ...



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[ applause ], what these first responders are walking into a smoke-filled subway tunnel. The screams of people trapped in the aftermath of a bombing and collapse is not a what-if scenario. It'S happened in madrid in london and remains a deep-seated fear for millions of urban commuters. The men and women in this frightening exercise are new york, city, police and firefighters, but today they are wo ...
king as teammates for u. s. homeland security, one of fema's, 28 bourbon search-and-rescue task force teams across the country. In the last five years. I think we've deployed a total of seven times and that's just new york task force one, but the system is active every year we see them at natural disasters, athome and abroad, from hurricanes to earthquakes, ready to deploy on life-saving missions within hours in haiti, where we Had we made a couple rescues of children that would transfer over seven days to be part of that? It'S just an amazing experience, but we were granted rare access to see them train for a non natural disaster. A terror attack below ground in a mock, fdny subway tunnel to help them develop critical new capabilities, we're building the model really for a mission ready package tunnel task force has never been done. One of the points of this exercise is to incorporate a different breathing technology. Instead of the normal 20 minute or so tank they're wearing a devicethat allows them to spend not just minutes but hours on seeing in the thick of it, we're normally used to having setting up in front of a building where there's a collapse. Now we have to figure out a way and that long distance to 3,000 feet into a tunnel.

These rebreathers recycle the rescuers own air and flush out carbon dioxide, buying critical time to locate and triage the injured, in this case role, players deciding who they can save and who they can't. There'S the kind of thing that keeps you awake at night. New york city has one of the biggest bull's-eyes on it in the country realistically and multiple attempts. So this is something wetrained for there's something realistic. We have to be ready for hey nbc news fans, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights, and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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