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Metro Fire Agency practices for earthquake

Posted - Aug. 5, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.



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SANDY -- The Metro Fire Agency was in the midst of a 7.4 earthquake Thursday, or at least a pretend one.

The two-day drill tests the readiness of the agency's Urban Search and Rescue Team to deploy, operate and conduct demobilization functions. Included in their drill, was a collapsed community center.

"One of these days we're going to have a major earthquake, and this gives us the opportunity in a controlled environment to assess our skills and assess what are needs are," said Bob Fitzgerald, battalion chief for the West Valley City Fire Department.

Along with Metro Fire, the Utah National Guard, the American Red Cross and multiple CERT teams played supporting roles in the drills

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