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$2M grant given to Wisconsin rescue team


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The federal government is giving $2 million to a statewide team that finds and rescues people when large buildings collapse.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded the grant to provide equipment and training.

The rescue team is made up of 250 firefighters from throughout Wisconsin. They’ve been trained for search and rescue operations in large building collapses. And they can organize and respond anywhere in Wisconsin within 8 hours.

Governor Scott Walker says $800,000 of the new grant will provide tools, protective gear, and medical supplies.

The rest will train more firefighters in specialized rescue techniques for building collapses.