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FIRST PLACE: “Ties That Truly Bind”
Two days after September 11, 2001, Mike Regan led and eight-man search-and-rescue team through a destroyed section of the Pentagon. One of the deceased victims that Virginia Task Force 1 found that day was Dan Shanower of Naperville, Illinois. Five years later, Mike and his wife, Janice, would be commemorating September 11 with Shanower's parents. "They have a lot of the same emotions we have," Mike Regan says of the Shanowers.
SECOND PLACE: “Explosion in Jacksonville Plant Causes Radiation Exposure”
An explosion at a Jacksonville plant was complicated by possible hazardous materials exposure. Responding Engine 44 immediately activated the Jacksonville Hazardous Materials Team and conducted an orderly evacuation, keeping all of the potential exposure victims together. Previous drills involving the city's emergency response organizations paid off in the orderly resolution of the incident.
“New Tabletop Simulator”
A 235-square-foot simulator is the newest training tool at the Raleigh Fire Department. When more space became available at the Keeter Training Center, the simulator took form, using several collapsible tables and scale elements, including topography, buildings, fire apparatus and commercial and private vehicles.