Leadership

NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE NETWORK

Issue 5 and Volume 145.

NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE NETWORK In January 1990, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) convened a workshop in Seattle, Washington, to address concerns— including the availability of resources within the United States —relative to conducting urban search and rescue (US&R) activities in the event of a catastrophe such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster. Earthquakes in Mexico City’, Armenia, and California have brought to the forefront the need for a national urban search and rescue network with the capabilities to provide personnel, equipment, and resources to accomplish the many varied tasks required during a major disaster. What at first seemed like an almost impossible dream was realized in September 1991 when 25 urban search and rescue teams in 17 states were chosen by FEMA to constitute the first national urban search and rescue network for catastrophic disasters. BACKGROUND/HISTORY Teams deployed to assist at operations during the…

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