13 Jun '18, 2pm

@WVNationalGuard teams up with local partners for extraction drill

@WVNationalGuard teams up with local partners for extraction drill

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) Soldiers joined the Charleston Fire Department (CFD) search and extraction team June 8 at a Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) property in the midst of being demolished. The occasion was a real-life scenario training event. WVNG Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC) Search and Rescue instructors joined the firefighters to sharpen their skills as instructors and bring their training experiences back to the Guard, according to 1st Lt. Dwight Siemiaczko, JITEC Technical Rescue Course officer. The CFD and WVNG have a close working relationship, Siemiaczko said, so when the fire department was approached by CAMC about using the building demo for training, the National Guard was invited along. "This area has always been one to work together on," said CFD Capt. Les Smith, Task Force Commander. "In case ...

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