US&R Participants

There are many participants in the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System. These participants can be grouped into three main categories.

Task Forces

Members of the FEMA Urban Search Florida Task force 1 take a break to rehydrate during operations for Hurricane Katrina. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA For every US&R task force, there are 62 positions. But to be sure a full team can respond to an emergency, a typical task force has at the ready more than 130 highly-trained members.

These teams, comprised of firefighters, engineers, medical professionals, canine/handler teams and emergency managers with special training in urban search-and-rescue environments, serve as a national resource for disaster response. The task force is really a partnership between state fire departments, law enforcement agencies, federal and local governmental agencies and private companies.

A task force is totally self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of a deployment.

What the task force can do:

Additional Information


Incident Support Teams

The Incident Support Teams supports the US&R Task Forces in accomplishing their mission through logistical, electronic and coordination expertise.

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 28-Feb-2007 13:23:12 EST