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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle Firefighters Assist in Hurricane Relief Efforts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/31/2005  1:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kyle Moore  (206) 386-1679


Nine Seattle Firefighters and one rescue dog are heading to Mississippi to take part in rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The firefighters are members of FEMA's  Puget Sound Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. A total of 28 firefighters from around the region are part of the Task Force leaving by bus from Pierce County this afternoon.

Urban Search and Rescue Task force members are specially trained for urban rescue, swift water rescue and heavy rescue. The Task Force has responded to such disasters as the World Trade Center in New York, the Oklahoma City bombing and the North Ridge earthquake.

The team is expected to be in Mississippi for two weeks..

The Seattle members of the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force are: Deputy Chief Bob Lomax -- Safety Officer, Captain Smokey Simpson -- Rescue Manager, Captain Joel Andrus -- Logistics, Lieutenant Mike Fawcett -- Communication Specialist, Firefighter Mark Beirne -- Search Technician, Firefighter Tony Bennett -- Rescue Technician, Firefighter Jimmy Walker -- Rescue Technician, Firefighter Ryan Nash -- Hazmat Specialist and Firefighter A.J. Frank and his dog Zara-- Canine Handler.

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