Salt Lake Crews to Aid in Shuttle Recovery Efforts

Salt Lake Crews to Aid in Shuttle Recovery Efforts

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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- Members of the Salt Lake County Fire Department's Wildland Team are headed to Texas to help in the shuttle "Columbia" recovery effort.

The 20-member team is one of 30 crews recruited from across the nation. They'll stay in Texas for the next month.

Their primary mission will be to search for shuttle debris in areas that are difficult to access or are remote.

"Basically, we're guessing that we'll be given an area to search to look for evidence and we'll grid out and make sure we don't miss anything," says Capt. Mike Watson with the Wildland Team.

"It's real methodical, kind of monotonous, but it's important work as well so we'll do what we can to be efficient," Watson says.

This is the first time the Wildland Team has been used for any project besides fighting fires.

It's also the first incident under the new Department of Homeland Security, and so has added importance.

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