National Guard Ready For Worst
"Obviously I don't think anything is gonna be, you know, exactly what you're going to experience out there, but I think this is probably about as close as you're gonna get in the training environment," Darin Chance of the Missouri National Guard said.
Chance is one of those guardsmen. He says the piles of rubble and the search and rescue dogs make this Boone County training site seem like real world disaster.
"If we ever have another disaster, unfortunately we probably will at some point, it gives me the knowledge and the expertise that I'll need to confidently go in and perform a search like this," Chance explained.
He says this group of guardsmen is trying to learn how to better communicate. Not in the traditional sense, but in terms of symbols and numbers.
"It's to tell us the who, what, where, when, what they found, so that we can move on, you know, and then the next person doing the search already has a basis for understanding," Detachment Sergeant Marie Olsen said.
"It is an exciting thing to learn, but on the flip side though it is kinda somber as well because hopefully you know, we don't want to have to do these things, but if we do, we hopefully want to be able to save some lives," Chance said.
This November, the guardsmen will focus on the rescue training.