Urban Search & Rescue (US&R)
The objective of the Regional Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Working Group is to enhance overall response effectiveness for search and rescue teams within the North Central Texas Region. This Working Group provides recommendations to both the Urban Area Working Group and the Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee to maximize Homeland Security funding opportunities addressing capability gaps for missions on both water and land.
This Working Group will increase Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) capabilities by ensuring the teams are equipped in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource typing and training to provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to protect life and respond to all hazard events.
Whether services are requested due to flash-flooding, flooding, a building collapse, or other accidents/incidents, the North Central Texas Region has demonstrated an increased need in Urban Search and Rescue response. The Regional US&R Working Group provides technical guidance and standardization to support Regional US&R Task Forces’ rapid deployment for terrorism events, natural disasters, or large-scale emergencies. This Working Group continues to advocate for, generate, and procure response resources, regional assessments, and increased training opportunities, which enhance the capability to conduct lifesaving US&R response efforts.
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