Federal grant awarded to local search and rescue team

The National Urban Search and Rescue team received a $1.3 million grant from the federal government Wednesday.

“We hope these resources never need to be called into action,” Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “but it is important that we remain committed to ensuring our communities are prepared to respond to any type of disaster.”

The Federal Mergency Management Agency grant will be used to continue the development and provide personnel for emergency support systems.

A team from the 80-member Southern Nevada urban search and rescue task force returned Sunday from a week in Colorado assisting residents after the deadly flooding in the area.

The task force, formed in 1992, has traveled to catastrophic situations in the past, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York city, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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