State Rep. Laura Cox today was joined by local and state officials to recognize the opening of the new Mobilization Center for Michigan Task Force 1 (MI-TF1) in Holly.
“The opening of this mobilization center is not only a benefit to the neighboring communities, but will have a positive impact on our entire state,” said Rep. Cox of Livonia. “We are strengthened with the courage shown by first responders as they protect our communities, and the presence of the Mobilization Center for Michigan Task Force 1 will assist them in their important mission.”
Legislators also presented the task force with a special legislative tribute to commemorate the ribbon cutting and MI-TF1’s service to the region.
The elite MI-TF1 is comprised of 36 highly trained personnel, specially equipped to mobilize and assist with search and rescue operations. The goal of this strategic-response force is to build, sustain and improve the ability to provide urban search and rescue capability necessary for saving lives and reducing suffering in communities that have been overwhelmed by the impact of a catastrophic event.
The task force leader for MI-TF1, Livonia Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead, praised the partnership between House Appropriations Chair Laura Cox, the Michigan Legislature, and MI-TF1 for securing the funding necessary to open the new mobilization center and sustain this critical all-hazard search and rescue resource for our state.
“The leadership and vision of Rep. Cox ensures that these response resources are mission ready around the clock, and are critical to the deployment of the team’s highly trained and highly equipped personnel that work to assist overwhelmed local first responders during a disaster,” Chief Whitehead said.