Tag: Team Rubicon

CASE, Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor Work with Team Rubicon to Improve Erosion Control and Natural Habitats at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

CASE Construction Equipment, Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor provided equipment and product/training support to veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon for use in training 10 new participants in its heavy equipment training program. The training included course work, and then practical operation in laying riprap for erosion control and spreading topsoil to encourage growth of the natural habitat for wildlife at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Cambridge, MD. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Blackwater NWR protects approximately 28,000 acres of tidal marshlands and woodlands for the benefit of wildlife species.

Team Rubicon is training its members in the safe use and maintenance of heavy equipment for its disaster response operations. Folcomer Equipment provided a SR240 skid steer, and Groff Tractor supplied a CX75C SR excavator to the effort. The partnership between CASE, Team Rubicon and the National Wildlife Refuge Association dates back to November 2015 when the three organizations began working together to complete training and project work. Other refuge training projects have been completed in Texas, California and Washington, with additional training taking place at sites throughout the country. Eventually, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that about 100 Team Rubicon members will be available to refuges for heavy equipment work and hundreds more available as volunteers for service projects across the country.

CASE, Miller-Bradford & Risberg, and Paladin Attachments Assist Team Rubicon in Heavy Equipment Operator Training; Building Demolition at Patriot Exercise 2016

CASE Construction Equipment and Miller-Bradford & Risberg provided equipment and product/training support to Team Rubicon as part of Patriot Exercise 2016, a full-scale training exercise at Volk Field Air National Guard Base July 16 – 23, 2016. Team Rubicon provided Incident Management Team support, as well as field-based response support through damage assessments, and chainsaw and heavy equipment operations/training.

Miller-Bradford and CASE provided skid steers, excavators and compact excavators, as well as training support, while Paladin Attachments supplied skid steer grapple buckets, for Team Rubicon’s heavy equipment training program. A total of 89 Team Rubicon members participated in the event with 15 of those participating in the heavy equipment program. Training focused on the safe operation and maintenance of equipment, followed by operator proficiency training involving clearing brush and debris, and building demolition – core elements of Team Rubicon’s disaster response work.

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