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									DISASTER PREPAREDNESS                                                                 >>>
By HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., MIFireE




                                                            Newark Metro Strike Team Drill
                                                            Tests Emergency Response Capabilities




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                                                                      here is an old saying that’s famous in the music world: “How do you
                                                                      get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” It is the same in the
 HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., a Firehouse® contribut-
 ing editor, is a municipal fire protection consultant                fire and emergency services. Unless you are well drilled in the talents
 based in Adelphia, NJ, and veteran of 46 years in the
 fire and emergency service. He is chairman of the                    of your trade, you stand a great chance of failing when the time comes
 Board of Fire Commissioners of Howell Township,
 NJ, Fire District 2 and retired from the Newark, NJ,     to do your duty. With that in mind, emergency responders in northern New Jersey
 Fire Department in 1999 as a battalion commander.
 Carter also has been a member of the Adelphia Fire       recently tested their skills and tool operations by conducting a large-scale exercise
 Company in Howell Township for 38 years, serving
 as chief in 1991. Carter is a member of the American     involving a simulated terrorist incident in a tunnel.
 Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great
 Britain, for which he formerly served as vice presi-         Urban search and rescue (USAR) teams have become one of the critical service deliv-
 dent and secretary. He also is president of the New
 Jersey Association of Fire Districts, a life member of   ery elements of the post 9/11 world. It is a given in the emergency services that New York
 the National Fire Protection Association and former      City is a prime target for terrorists to attack. Northern New Jersey is within the operational
 president of the International Society of Fire Service   radius of the area that terrorists see as a target to get the attention of the world.
 Instructors. Carter holds six degrees, with his termi-
 nal degree being a Ph.D. in business administration          After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, an analysis was performed of the
 from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, where        region’s state of preparedness with regard to man-made and natural disasters. This analysis
 he is an adjunct faculty member.                         uncovered a gap in preparedness, finding that the region needed more heavy rescue equip-

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                                                          ment and trained personnel that could arrive on the scene of an incident quickly.
                                                               A proposal to establish the New Jersey Metro Urban Search and Rescue Strike Team was
                                                          submitted on Feb. 1, 2004, and through federal funding and local planning the team was
                                                          established on July 31, 2006. The Metro USAR Strike Team (MUST) was put into operation
                                                          to support the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) for the cities of Newark and Jersey City.
                                                          In addition, it provides direct assistance to the counties of Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Morris,
                                                          Passaic, Union and Middlesex, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New
								
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