Michigan urban search and rescue
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The Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) response system is designed to provide supervision and control of essential functions at incidents where technical rescue expertise and equipment are required for safe and effective rescue operations. USAR incidents can be caused by a variety of events such as a tornado or terrorist incident that cause widespread damage to a variety of structures and entrap hundreds of people. Other examples of USAR events can range from mass transportation accidents with multiple victims to single site events such as a trench cave-in or confined space rescue involving only one or two victims. USAR operations are unique in that specialized training and equipment are required to mitigate the incident in the safest and most efficient manner possible.
The USAR System is based on a modular component concept and consists of the following:
A Michigan Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (MI-TF1) response is comprised of 36 people specially trained and equipped for large or complex Urban Search and Rescue operations. The multi-disciplinary organization provides five functional elements that include Supervision, Search, Rescue, Medical, and Logistics. The USAR Task Force is designed to work 12 hour operational periods and is totally self-sufficient for the first 72 hours. Transportation and logistical support is provided by the task force and may need to be supported by the requesting agency.
A task force is comprised of different positions and consists of the following:
A USAR Strike Team is comprised of 14 people specially trained and equipped for Heavy Floor Construction, Pre-Cast Concrete Construction, Steel Frame Construction, high angle rope rescue (including highline systems), confined space rescue (permit required), and mass transportation rescue. Strike teams respond through the use of specially trained on-duty fire/rescue personnel stationed in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. This provides for an immediate (non-delayed) search and rescue response. USAR Strike Teams respond with and work under the direction of the USAR Incident Support / Advance Team.
A strike team is comprised of different positions and consists of the following:
A USAR Search Team is comprised of 4 specialists trained and equipped to locate victims in collapsed buildings and other urban environments. A search team response includes both canine and technical (electronic) search capabilities. USAR Search Teams respond with and work under the direction of the Incident Support / Advance Team.
A search team is comprised of different positions and consists of the following:
The Incident Support/ Advance Team provides the initial effort to establish search and rescue management and support and to prepare for the arrival of the USAR task force at a disaster site. The IS/AT provides state and local officials with technical assistance, in the acquisition and utilization of search and rescue resources, through advice, incident command assistance, logistic support, management and coordination of USAR resources.
The USAR Incident Support / Advance team is trained and equipped to help local officials with the following: