JoCo Fire, Police, Practice Search Skills

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) Several fire and police fire departments worked together today on training for how to conduct search parties. It's an annual exercise for authorities to be ready for evidence searching or a missing person.

Today's focus was on map reading as well as creating maps and setting up a command post. Authorities worked from the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City. They say practicing the techniques from year-to-year helps them come up with new ways get it done faster.

The Iowa City Fire Department says it's important for all the departments to work together.

"You're talking about a large geographical area, which requires a lot of resources; something like a missing person let up by the police department, law enforcement and fire department," said Iowa City Fire Department Battalion Chief Zach Hickman. "Civilians can get in there and assist but it needs to be organized."

Both Coralville and North Liberty Fire Departments as well as local law enforcement participated in the training.