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Patterson, Ficano and Bing to Unveil Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and Equipment

Public Date: 6/21/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will help launch Michigan Task Force 1 (MI-TF1) when it unveils Michigan's first Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) task force and equipment.  MI-TF1 has the ability to coordinate and conduct USAR response efforts for all hazards, including locating, extricating and providing on-site medical treatment to victims trapped in damaged or collapsed structures. The task force has four USAR squads each comprised of medical and fire personnel, structural engineers, crane operators, and canine handlers. MI-TF1 serves Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Monroe counties and the City of Detroit. It is also available to respond on an intra- and interstate basis. Approximately 150 public officials from southeast Michigan are expected to attend.
This event is by invitation only, not open to the public.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Media, please check in no later than 9:00 a.m.

Oakland Air East hangar at Oakland County International Airport, 6380 Highland Road, Waterford, Michigan. Media parking is on the east side of Oakland Air East.
Urban Search and Rescue equipment will be on display on the ramp area near the hangar. Officials will be available for Q and A following the formal presentation.

If any broadcast media plan to raise a mast in order to feed back video or to do a live shot, you must inform Bill Mullan as soon as you arrive on site (for flight safety issues). An audio multbox will be provided. The kick-off event will be held inside the hangar with adequate lighting. The throw to the stage is approximately 100 feet.

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048 or on his cell at 248-202-9668.