Search and rescue mission preps soldiers for aiding in recovery efforts
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LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. -- Training takes place near the Hudson River banks to prepare all services of the New York National Guard for disaster response missions. Operation Rainbow Storm is part of a mock search and rescue mission with the U.S. Navy in conjuction with the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division headquarters and the New York Guard.
Crews had to react to an emergency call where people were stranded on an island and in need of medical assistance. A captain for the New York Guard said communication is key during these types of emergencies.
"That way we can ensure that the proper rescue takes place. If in face during the exercise we find we are deficient in any particular area, than these are the areas we will look at and correct it, so we don't encounter during an emergency," said Captain Eduardo Nieves, New York Guard.
The 42nd Infantry Division headquarters would be responsible for coordinating National Guard actions in the Capital Region, in the event of a natural disaster.