409th Soldier participates in Urban Search & Rescue exercise in Nevada

By Staff Sgt. David Lietz | 416th Theater Engineer Command | Feb. 18, 2021

SLOAN, Nev. —

Spc. Sandy Santana is a 12 R, Interior Electrician, with the 409th Engineer Vertical Construction Company.

At the Urban Search & Rescue exercise near Sloan, Nevada she developed skills to rescue people trapped inside vehicles and prepared for operations by setting up decontamination tents.

“In a crash we would have to try to open up the vehicle and get the victim out,” said Santana.

To learn these critical skills, Santana practices using rescue equipment like the Jaws of Life. Hydraulic tools, also known as cutters, spreaders and rams, used to pry open vehicles involved in accidents and free the victim trapped inside.

“They were showing us the best way to cut and how to open the door properly instead of struggling.”

Santana enjoys the training to rescue victims.

“I like the training because everything is new to me. It’s something that I didn’t see myself doing in the future. It’s nice to have an idea of what rescuers go through and have to do.”

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