- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials have denied New Mexico’s appeal to keep federal status and funding for its elite search and rescue team.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1nl3n4D ) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled last week that the New Mexico Task Force 1 team will no longer be one of the 28 elite urban search and rescue teams in the country.

It was designed to respond to any type of disaster in U.S. within hours.

FEMA removed the team’s federal status in September, citing the team’s ongoing struggles with finances and training.

The task force will no longer receive millions of dollars for specialized training and equipment that have contributed to the state’s disaster response.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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