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Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-3937/9000

October 18, 2006
NASA Ames to Host County-Wide Firefighter Rescue Exercise
Media Advisory: News media are invited to observe a fire department training exercise designed to improve coordination among all fire agencies in Santa Clara County. The purposes of these exercises are to simulate the rescue of a trapped or missing firefighter at the scene of a working fire under simulated conditions using current methods and technology. The exercises will involve nearly 50 firefighters from every fire department in Santa Clara County. Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Training Officers Association in conjunction with the NASA Ames Research Center Fire Department, the training is entitled “Nobody Gets Left Behind.”

The exercise will be held at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT and conclude by 2 p.m. PDT. Reporters are invited to observe firefighter rescues in a non-toxic smoke simulation in a residential building, Bldg. 547, on Girard Street across from Chase Park, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT; and firefighter rescues in an industrial/commercial building, Bldg. 956 near the Flight Operations Building, Bldg. 158, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. PDT.

News media interested in attending either exercise are asked to report to the parking lot in front of Bldg. 547 on Girard Street at Bettio Road in NASA Research Park. For more information about the training, please contact Mountain View Fire Department Battalion Chief Andy Smith at 650-740-6458.

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101 and drive east to the main gate. Maps to the firefighter rescue training sites will be available in the Visitor Badging Office, Bldg. 26, located at the main gate.


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