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Emergency response team ready in Foothills

Should a large-scale disaster, such as a terrorist attack, strike in Phoenix, 76 city residents are now trained to provide assistance. These residents, skilled in disaster preparedness and disaster medicine, are the first members of the Community Emergency Response Team of Phoenix. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is building a nationwide network of these teams, including 30 in Arizona, in response to the 2001 terror attacks. The purpose is to supplement first responders, such as fire and police officials, in the case of terror attack, natural disaster, train derailment or other major emergency, and to get citizens engaged in contingency planning. Full Story

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