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Background on the American Rescue Team International (ARTI)

Considered one of the leading search and rescue experts in the world, Mr. Doug Copp, the Executive Director, founded Earthquake Protection and Rescue of California (EPRC) after the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. At world disasters EPRC simply became known as `The American Rescue Team'. With time and growth, EPRC adopted the name and is now known worldwide as The American Rescue Team International or ARTI

According to OSHA a Rescuer has a 60% chance of getting killed by entering one collapsed building. Mr. Copp has done that 700+ times....more than anyone in history. From wading through crocodile infested rivers to get to disaster sites in Central America, working a landslide which the British and Swiss declined as too complicated and too dangerous, being chased down the road by a tornado, and having three buildings completely collapsed on him, Doug Copp's years of experiences speak for themselves.

The Team has worked most of the major disasters in the world during the past 11 years and in 1996 working closely with the Canadian group, The Environmental Emergency Response System, began to increase its response capabilities to include other types of disasters.

Since its inception and inauguration by fire at the Mexico City earthquake, the American Rescue Team now has thousands of supportive members and over 200 operational members, worldwide.

In Germany, in May, 1993, Mr. Copp, representing ARTI, attended a closed NATO/CIDA conference on the establishment of civil defense organizations for the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. The twenty-five participants included 15 Ministers of Civil Defense, 6 military advisors and 4 others.

ARTI organized a worldwide conference on disaster mitigation and response in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in September, 1993. Doug Copp was the conference chair.

ARTI has given over 60 lectures and conferences and continues to do so worldwide.

ARTI has created unique equipment and applied available demolition resources in some unusually creative ways. A primary example is the use of a "sputnik" to extend the effective reach of a backhoe to four stories which was particularly effective in safely stabilizing landslides.

Mr. Copp invented the Copp Life Locator, an electronic device for use in disasters, which reduces the time for locating victims from days to minutes. This device has been studied by several scientific bodies with positive results as detailed in formal scientific reports and video records. The Canadian Government and the United States State Department paid for these studies.

The activities of ARTI have been reported in several hundred newspapers and magazines including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, London Daily Telegraph, Engineering News Record, Discovery Magazine, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tokyo Shimbun, Associated Press, Gross-Unftadter Zeitung and Personnel News, and Chinese, Hong Kong, Korean, and Philippino newspapers.

On an annual basis ARTI's activities are seen by between fifty to seventy million TV viewers via ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN, CBS, ITN, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, Telenoticias, plus the Greek, Korean, Japanese, French and Chinese television networks.

Some significant shows would be: Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Inside Edition, MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, Associated Press Print & Television, and the Voice of America and National Public Radio.

Recently Mr. Copp was invited to lecture to representatives from 26 countries at the Soviet Academy of Sciences, under the joint auspices of the USSR and the United Nations.

Over the years, the Team's activities have resulted in meeting 3 Presidents, an invitation to meet a Prime Minister and 3 meetings with top level diplomats at The United Nations Headquarters.

To date ARTI has produced 5 training films which are being distributed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

The Mexican Admiralty is using ARTI's Urban Heavy Rescue Training film produced in conjunction with Steve Anthess, of Apple Computer Television, to train Naval Officers throughout Mexico. Admiral Fernando Meixueiro has been a strong team supporter for years and has worked closely with ARTI on many occasions.

For the last 5 years ARTI has been the only American team acceptable to many countries in times of disasters. On four separate occasions the US Government offered assistance and were refused while ARTI was accepted.

Mr. Copp is a Canadian/American citizen and is the author of the Copp Resolution. This Resolution is to be presented on the floor of the United Nations by the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in an effort to de-politicise rescue and so that rescue teams shall not be prevented from saving lives. This resolution will save many thousands of lives every year.

ARTI signed the first International Agreement between Rescue Teams to work together at world disasters to save lives. More and more teams from around the world are requesting agreements and acceptance by the American Rescue Team International.

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American Rescue Team International is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Organized and duly constituted under the laws of the State of California since 1985. At international disasters we were called the `American Rescue Team' because we were the only Americans saving lives at foreign disasters, the name stuck!

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