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MISSION:

To respond to natural and man-made disasters; to provide search and rescue, medical support, communications, and damage assessment.

The U.S. Urban Search and Rescue Team is available 24 hours a day for the State of Texas and other agencies.

PURPOSE:

The U.S. Search & Rescue team is an emergency response team based in Central Texas. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.

Urban Search & Rescue is considered a multi-hazard discipline due to the need for expedited response teams for a variety of emergencies and disasters. We handle search and rescue for natural disasters including:

  • earthquakes
  •  hurricanes
  • tornadoes
  • floods

The man-made disaster and emergency situations we tackle head-on:

  • sinkholes
  • cave-ins
  • confined space entrapment
  • industrial accidents
  • terrorist attacks
  • high-angle/vertical incidents
  • wilderness incidents
  • lost person incidents

Whether it be trench rescue or hurricane victim recovery, we focus on providing the best responsive support for these specified emergencies in urban, suburban, and rural environments.

Our Certifiable Team of Search & Rescue Specialists

Our Search & Rescue team consists of both individuals with rescue-based backgrounds and individuals of the community whom are willing to serve alongside us. Firefighters, EMTs, police officers, and previously-active military personnel are just a few of the readily trained members within our team. Along with trained search and rescue managers and team leaders, our members become certified with us before executing any type of search and rescue operation. We also provide educational programs open to the public and other emergency service providers.

Our Cutting-Edge Search & Rescue Technology and Techniques

We pride ourselves in conducting our search and rescue missions in our fully-marked first response vehicles and fully uniformed volunteers. Each vehicle is equipped with a Panasonic Toughbook, customized with the most advanced search and rescue incident management software and real-time updates of the on-scene action. Two-way radios with GPS tracking are provided to team leaders to communicate directly with our communications specialist at a moment’s notice.

The teams are also provided with topographical maps, GPS units, and a variety of other specialized equipment and materials in order to properly to assist in search and rescue operations. We are always developing and refining our techniques in order to best serve the community and agencies looking to utilize our services.

 

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