What is an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force?

An Urban Search and Rescue task Force is used to locate, remove and provide medical care to persons in collapsed buildings.

What type of incidents does an urban search and rescue task force respond to?

Building collapses resultant of earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks or construction and industrial accidents.

How many people are deployed with the Task Force?

62 persons and 4 search dogs comprise the deployed Task Force.

How many total people are involved in the Task Force?

To ensure 62 persons can deploy at any given time, federal requirements mandate that each position be staffed three deep. In total, 186 people are necessary to properly staff the Task Force.

Who is in charge at the disaster site?

The Urban Search and Rescue Task force is designed to assist the local control of the incident.

Are there training standards?

Missouri Task Force 1 has trained and equipped following the rigorous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines.

How large is the equipment cache?

More than 16,200 separate equipment items are maintained in inventory and sent when the Task Force is deployed. Total equipment cache weight is in excess of 76,000 pounds. The equipment cache is carried on seven military airlift pallets and requires two tractor-trailers for transport.

How much is the equipment worth and who pays for it?

The complete Task Force equipment cache costs just under $1.7 million. The cache is provided through state and federal grant funds along with private donations.

Is the Task Force equipped to support itself on a mission?

The Task Force is designed to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. After that the military re-supplies the Task Force.

What are the minimum training standards?

Minimum training for Task Force members includes an 80-hour Structural Collapse Technician course. Members must also be certified in CPR and licensed as Emergency Medical Technicians. Specialty training is then provided to individual disciplines.

Who pays the personnel costs?

All personnel involved in the development, training and preparation of the Task Force have volunteered their time and effort. To date, more than 90,000 hours have been donated by Task Force personnel. During a federal deployment, the federal government pays personnel expenses.

What are the qualifications of the structural specialists?

Structural engineer Task Force members are licensed professional engineers in Missouri.

How is the Task Force Managed?

Missouri Task Force One is managed by the Boone County Fire Protection District under an agreement with the State Emergency Management Agency.

How do members receive specialty training?

Training for Task Force members is funded by the Sate Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Specialty team members have attended structural school in California and Ohio, technical search school in Pennsylvania and Maryland and logistics training in Texas.

What medical qualifications do members have?

Medical group members are emergency trauma physicians, emergency room nurses and paramedics and have completed a week-long disaster medicine course conducted by George Washington University.

Where does the Task Force train?

The urban search and rescue training facilities are provided by the University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Engineering; University of Missouri Administrative Services; and the Boone County Commission.

Where does the Task Force obtain its medical support?

The University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics has provided by tremendous assistance in the support of the medical team.

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Boone County Fire Protection District Warns Residents of Red Flag Fire Conditions Today

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 a.m. TO 6 p.m. CST THURSDAY.

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

With the lack of moisture and temperatures on the rise, the Boone County Fire Protection District would like to offer these reminders to the citizens of Boone County who choose to burn during the coming weeks, however, we would ask that NO BURNING occur when wind speeds exceeds 5-10 mph.

Here are a few reminders for everyone to follow:
• If you live in the County there is open burning for natural vegetation. If you live within the city limits of Columbia you will need a burn permit issued by the Columbia Fire Department. Please check with your local municipality for regulations on burning.
• Check local weather forecasts before any open burning. Winds can be very sporadic this time of year.
• Winds are typically calmer and humidity is typically higher during the morning hours.
• Be sure to provide a safe barrier around your prescribed burn. This may be achieved by mowing a clean strip around the area or by scrapping it down to bare dirt.
• Have a water source nearby. A garden hose works well if used early in the event of a fire moving to quickly.
• Never burn materials that are close to any structure.
• Burn small areas at a time.
• Never leave a fire area unattended whether it is a burn barrel or a prescribed burn.
• If burning in a barrel try to place a metal screen to avoid large embers from escaping the barrel. These embers can travel some distance and still start a fire.
• Notify the Joint Communications Center at 573-442-6131 before lighting your fire.
• Call 911 immediately if the fire grows larger or moves more rapidly than anticipated.
• If your fire burns out of control and causes damage to someone else’s property, you will be held liable for damages. This includes buildings, crops and even grasses.
• When in doubt call your local fire department for advice before burning.

For more information contact the Boone County Fire Protection District at 573-447-5000 during normal business hours and 573-219-0677 during nights and weekends or your local fire jurisdiction.
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