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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MO-TF1 Update: 2018-10-13 2300 Hours: On Friday, Missouri Task Force 1 continued to perform search and rescue operations in Panama City, FL. MO-TF1 evacuated 1 resident, completed wellness checks on 926 residents that remained in their homes and provided assistance to 13 residents. The teams also performed damage assessments on 928 structures and searched 42 vehicles. Today the task force began operations at 0800 hours. They were assigned an area north and west of Panama City. The team searched an area south of Highway 388 from Highway 79 to Burnt Mill Creek. The area is rural and many of the residences have been isolated since the storm. The team completed wellness checks on 125 residents that remained in their homes and provided assistance to 5 residents. The teams also performed damage assessments on 187 structures. The team concluded operations at 1400 hours and returned to their Base of Operations (BoO). They demobilized from their BoO on the parking lot of the Panama City Mall and moved to a new BoO on the campus of Gulf Coast Community College. Once there they received their first shower and hot meal since Thursday morning. Tomorrow morning the team will travel north to Jackson County where they will report to the EOC in Mariana and receive their mission assignments for the day. Tonight, FEMA activated 12 Human Remains Detection (HRD) Canine Search Teams to deploy to Florida to assist ground search teams during their operations. MO-TF1 will deploy three HRD Canine Search Teams tomorrow morning at 0700 hours as part of that activation order. ... See MoreSee Less

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