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    Team Rubicon returns to Moab in March

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    Team Rubicon volunteers respond to the June 12, 2018 Cinema Court fire. Photo courtesy of Team Rubicon

    Veteran-led Team Rubicon volunteers will assist in ongoing fire mitigation efforts, debris management, sawyer operations, volunteer organizations active in disasters (VOAD) integration, heavy equipment operations, training and education, and spontaneous volunteer management when they return to Moab next month. These efforts will be in coordination with local and state authorities.

    Here’s a look at what they have done in recent years:

    Team Rubicon volunteers responded to June 12, 2018 fire.

    On June 12, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. a manmade fire in the Pack Creek area burned through the densely wooded and tinder-dry area engulfing nine homes. Team Rubicon responded to the community’s calls for help. Since the fire, the community has developed a keen interest in wildfire reduction and mitigation operations, according to the organization.

    The community has identified a densely wooded corridor on private and public land that has similar demographics and topography to the terrain encountered during the fire.

    Last March Team Rubicon volunteers returned to Moab to assist with wildfire mitigation operations helping reduce fire risk along Mill Creek. This four-day operation brought 62 volunteers from Utah, Grand Junction and Durango, Colorado.

    The volunteers logged 2,000 hours removing 144 trees and clearing 23,000 cubic yards of debris. The efforts of Team Rubicon resulted in a volunteer labor impact and community cost savings of approximately $60,000.

    Team Rubicon boasts a 100,000-strong, highly skilled volunteer force that helps communities prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. Since its inception following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to over 350 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael.

    Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises to provide crucial support to affected communities.

    By giving military veteran volunteers the opportunity to continue their service through disaster response, Team Rubicon provides them an avenue to gain a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity, according to the organization.

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