May 30, 2012 1:16 PM by Greg Boyce
Two Pueblo Fire Department employees have been accepted to the elite Urban Search and Rescue team called Colorado Task Force 1.
Captains Will Gray and Rick Potter have been accepted, after completing extensive training in structural collapse. There are 210 members of the team in Colorado. They would be deployed in case of disaster like a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or explosion with building collapse.
There is no cost to the City of Pueblo. When Gray and Potter deploy, their expenses would be paid by the federal government and missed hours on the Pueblo Fire Department would be reimbursed.
"It is not only our duty to assist others in their moment of need, it is also an honor to work alongside such a talented and dedicated group of emergency professionals," stated Pueblo Fire Chief Chris Riley. "We are grateful to Pueblo City Council and Council President Chris Kaufman for approving and understanding the value of this Task Force and the partnerships it creates."
Colorado's participating Departments include Arvada Fire, Aurora Fire, Castle Rock Fire, Cunningham Fire, Denver Fire, Fort Carson Fire, Littleton Fire, Longmont Fire, Mountain View Fire, Poudre Fire Authority, City of Pueblo Fire, South Metro Fire, and Westminster Fire.