San Antonio Police Sgt. Robert McCaskill has been a law enforcement officer for 25 years, currently working in the patrol division at the city’s Prue Road Substation.
McCaskill joined the Alamo All-Hazard Incident Management Team when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005 and displaced thousands of residents who found shelter in San Antonio.
“I was able to see what the Incident Command System can do to manage an incident – and I was very impressed,” he said. “I knew I wanted to be involved. I’ve been in the public safety business for a long time but I’d never done anything like this. Experiencing an opportunity to help people on this scale is both honorable and addictive. The lessons learned and friendships made are heartfelt.”
McCaskill joined the Lone Star State IMT for the Hurricane Sandy recovery in New York, where he’s contributing his skills in the Plans section. His experience with sheltering on Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike has made him an ideal addition to the Plans section of both the Alamo IMT and the Lone Star State team.
The strength of an IMT, according to McCaskill, is its diversity.
“Having professionals from varying disciplines allows us to pull from a varied range of experience,” he said. “It’s an education that’s priceless because it gives us the opportunity to help our fellow man.”