US&R Training

Swiftwater Rescue Teams with the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team practice rescue techniques during a recent training drill. Photo by: Jason Pack/FEMA News Photo

Training requirements are intensive, to say the least. In addition to being an emergency medical technician, each task force member must complete hundreds of hours of training. Specialties such as K-9 search, rescue, and rigging carry their own training requirements.

Training to perform Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) is hazardous and should only be undertaken by competent individuals under the supervision of instructors skilled in the various functional disciplines involved. FEMA provides access to the materials listed below to inform National US&R Response System participants and other interested people about the methods and practices used in functional training for National US&R Response System members. FEMA does not certify training delivered outside the direct control of the agency. The proper use or misuse of these materials is the responsibility of the user. Please provide for safety first.


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Last Modified: Wednesday, 28-Feb-2007 14:45:06 EST