FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force

FEMA Urban Search And Rescue Task Force

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force

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A FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (US&R Task Force) is a team of individuals specializing in
urban search and rescue, disaster recovery, and emergency triage and medicine. The teams are deployed to emergency and disaster sites within six hours of notification. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the Task Force concept to provide support for large scale disasters in the United States. FEMA provides financial, technical and training support for the Task Forces as well as creating and verifying the standards of Task Force personnel and equipment.

There are 28 Task Forces in the United States, each sponsored by a local agency. In the event of a disaster in the United States, the nearest three Task Forces will be activated and sent to the site of the disaster. If the situation is large enough, additional teams will be activated.

Task Force makeup

Each Task Force is capable of deploying as a Type I with 70 personnel or a Type III with 28 personnel. This deployment configuration is increased if the Task Force mobilizes for a ground transport.

Each task force member is a specialist in one of four areas:
  • Search - locating victims of a disaster
  • Rescue - extricating a victim from the location where they are trapped, usually involving removing debris from around the victim
  • Technical - structural specialists who provide......
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