South Dakota Taskforce 1

The South Office of Homeland Security supports Taskforce 1, a specialized team trained to respond to hazardous materials incidents. Team members are also trained in rescue techniques including:

  • Land-based search
  • Structural collapse
  • Swift water
  • Confined space
  • High-angle
  • Rope rescue

Members of Taskforce 1 come from fire departments from Aberdeen, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown.


Training, Drills & Exercises

Training and exercising is critical to the team’s performance during a real emergency. Team members frequently gather to practice specialized rescue techniques including moving concrete panels, installing bolt and anchor systems, and conducting other drills while being suspended in harnesses. The training scenarios mimic conditions and angles team members would encounter while attempting to rescue someone from a structural collapse, a fall off a cliff or a high-rise building.

These training and exercise opportunities enhance the state’s capability to respond effectively to any incident.  

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