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New gear awaits, in case of terror, other disasters

The search-and-rescue equipment will be packed in trailers and kept in Salem, Clackamas and Eugene. Fire officials on Wednesday unveiled $1 million in urban search-and-rescue equipment that will be stationed in the Willamette Valley in case of terrorism or natural disasters. The state-of-the-art equipment, underwritten by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be deployed at the direction of the Oregon state fire marshal. The equipment has been packed into three Oregon Department of Transportation trailers, which will be parked in Clackamas, Salem and Eugene. “We know there will come a time when somebody will need these resources,” State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr said. “This equipment will put all of us in a much better position to respond.” Full Story

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