Demolition Contractors Play Major Role in Search, Rescue

Sat September 17, 2005 - West Edition

The vital role that demolition contractors play in assisting fire departments at disaster sites was the focus of a workshop developed by executives of the National Demolition Association at the 2005 Fire-Rescue International Conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in Denver recently.

The workshop addressed topics that ranged from the aid that demolition contractors provide with search and rescue efforts to the structural demolition needed to aid in fire abatement.

“Demolition contractors have the equipment, trained personnel and knowledge to assist fire chiefs in a variety of fire situations,” explained Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association. “Our presentation acquainted fire chiefs with the equipment and skills available to them from those involved in the demolition process.”

Fire-Rescue International brought together some 16,000 leaders in fire and emergency service.

Northbrook, IL, Fire Department Chief Jay Reardon spoke on behalf of fire fighters. Association presenters included Taylor; William Moore of Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., former association president; Jerry Myrick of Robinette Demolition Inc., chair of the association’s Safety Committee; Tom Stahr of Robinette; and Dennis Wager of Impact Demolition Ltd.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing nearly 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and international firms that are involved in the demolition process.

The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.

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