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