Thursday, August 21, 2014
The FEMA Urban Search & Rescue System

The National Urban Search and Rescue Response System, under FEMA structures local emergency personnel into integrated disaster response task forces.

 

What is a Structures Specialist?

A Structures Specialist performs various structural assessments for an Urban Search & Rescue Task Force during incident operations. The StS reports directly to the Planning Team Manager, but will often be assigned to the Search Team or Rescue Team Manager.

 

US Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Corps of Engineers

As part of the National Response Plan, the US Army Corps of Engineers is designated as the agency that facilitates and conducts US&R training for Structures Specialists that are part of the National US&R System.

 

Training & Event Schedule
 

Deployment Log
 
Hatteras Village, NC, September 22, 2003 -- Twisted electrical lines hang from a collapsed building in Hatteras Village in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. Photo: Cynthia Hunter/FEMA News Photo
 

 

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