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In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, and the inability of First Responders to effect a rescue of any victims above the aircraft impact points, the SKYSCRAPER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM or IN-S.E.R.T., strategy was crafted with colleagues within academia, industry and government. Formulated with input from key members of the Detroit Fire Department, inclusive of the late General Manager Weylin Gildon, and the Chicago Fire Department, IN-S.E.R.T. was designed as a means to effectively rescue disaster victims trapped in historically inaccessible areas. In this case, the upper floors of a burning high-rise, while using off-the-shelf firefighting technology and modified first response rescue methodologies structured to epitomize operational simplicity. Moreover, it is to serve as a global first response template to be utilized by emergency teams in multiple countries benefitting from strict protocols of cooperation/collaboration.
IN-S.E.R.T. teams, strategically based around the world and equipped with Boeing C-17 Globemasters modestly modified for this mission, would be capable of responding to any emergency, anywhere.
This paper was presented to 18 Argonne National Laboratory scientists and 2 FEMA representatives for review on 18 October, 2001.
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