The Menlo Park Fire Protection District
proudly sponsors the CA-TF3 Urban Search and
Rescue Team. It operates under the Federal
Emergency Management Agency. As the
sponsoring agency the Fire District has the
responsibility of managing the team making
sure it is able to respond to any incident
it is requested to do so. CA-TF3 is a specially trained and equipped 80 person Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of 18 participating agencies and 60 civilians. There are a total of 220 members in all that are available to respond. Menlo Park firefighters and paramedics rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, canine search dogs and handlers, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists, and logistics specialists. This unique technical rescue team responds with 70,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around the clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.
September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by terrorist.
Many Americans lost their lives during these attacks.
Many Firefighters, Policeman and EMS Personnel lost
their lives while trying to save others. The Fire
Department of New York (FDNY) lost over 300 of their own
personnel including most of their command staff. At
11:00 am on September 11, 2001 California Task Force 3 (CATF-3)
was put on alert. Preparations began for their eventual
September 18 activation.
Since September 11, 2001, CA-TF3 as a team has been deployed twice to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ernesto. Members of CATF-3 have been deployed on the Incident management team to Hurricanes Charlie, Francis, Ivan, Dennis, Space Shuttle Recovery and the Greensburg Kansas Tornado.
Hurricane Katrina was one of this nation's largest and most devastating disasters. CA-TF3 sent an 80 person type one team, a 15 person swift water rescue team and 6 Incident Support Team (IST) personnel. Members were deployed for up to 21 days. Some members of the IST were in position three days prior to the storm making land fall.
CA-TF3 has a website that has some
information about where other teams are
located and training information. Please
click here to visit their site.