Task Force 5: Training for disaster

Task Force 5: Training for disaster

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Task Force 5 took advantage of the abandoned Mt. Jordan Middle School building Monday for search and rescue training.

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Task Force 5 took advantage of the abandoned Mt. Jordan Middle School building Monday for search and rescue training.

Although separate from Task Force 1, the group of 75 Utahns in Colorado performing search and rescue operations, the goal is still the same: to save lives.

Before Mt. Jordan MS is torn down, 45 members of Task Force 5 used cameras to practice finding anyone trapped in the rubble.

Even using a human volunteer to help train the search and rescue dogs.

They're training for situations like the extreme flooding in Colorado.

That’s where 75 Utahns with Task Force 1 are helping safely pull people from their homes.

Just Sunday they rescued 60 people from the flooding. ABC4 spoke with the task force leader, Keith Bevan, Monday from Colorado.

Bevan says they're battling the water as more keeps coming.

“Just a little tired and cold, we had 2 inches of rain alone in the area we were working,” said Bevan. “Some of the areas we've been working in have had up to 17 inches of rain.”

Monday morning was the first time the weather cleared enough for them to start flying to some of the isolated homes.

Bevan says other than being cold and wet, there have not been any injuries with Task Force 1 crew members.

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