By ~Sil Wong - Logistics Unit Leader/Board of Directors President
Empact NW RS 1
We have been quite busy at Empact Northwest. Besides responding to disasters as an Urban Search & Rescue team, we also train other first responders. We recently held our annual Rescue Systems 1 class that is attended by first responders through out our region. Our highly qualified instructors prepare all year long to provide the participants a class that is respected & highly regarded in the industry. This is an intensive 4 day class is core in urban search & rescue & in technical rescues. In the past, we have had attendees from Washington DC , Louisiana, California & through out the Pacific NW. We are honored to help other agencies & communities be better prepared & better trained to respond when a disaster occurs.
We are incredibly humbled & grateful for your on going support. When you help us, you are helping your own community.
May 20, 2019
Training & Teaching in Louisiana
By Sil Wong - Logistics Unit Leader
In April of this year, 5 members of the USAR unit & senior staff of Empact Northwest was invited to Lake Charles, Louisiana to participate & teach at a multi-agency mock disaster drill. The disaster drill simulated search and rescue after a hurricane or other flood related disasters, which that state is susceptible to. We taught high angle rescues, simulating lowering victims from roof tops during flooding/hurricane disasters. Senior Empact team members also supervised Incident Command, giving instruction as the overall simulated Command post. We also taught an Incident Command class on the second day to community volunteers. This class will help community volunteers understand their roll in a large response & better equip the community to work with Federal, State, local agencies.We were honred to be included in this important mock disaster that included city and county agencies, as well as community volunteers with necessary resources. There were over 100 community volunteers that participated in the 2 day event.
Feb 19, 2019
By Jake Gillanders - Executive Director
Happy New Year! Since our last report, we've remained focused on expanding and improving our capabilities to respond here at home, as well helping other communities become more prepared. Since our last report, we've:
Partnered with an outside agency to help bring emergency communications to regions of Indonesia;
Initiated our water and flood rescue program;
Been awarded a grant from Ford Motor company for a new response vehicle;
Brought personal and community preparedness training to dozens of citizens of the PNW region;
Continued the training of a brand new disaster search canine, Libby;
In the coming months, we'll be continuing our push for disaster preparedness and rescuer training by:
Purchasing two new response vehicles;
Delivering our annual Rescue Systems 1 course to regional firefighters and other emergency responders;
Developing our incident command course;
Developing three exciting new rescue courses and two medical courses.
All of this is possible because of your contributions! We couldn't be more grateful. Thank you for your ongoing support!