Technical Rescue

USAR Task Force Logistics

Issue 11 and Volume 148.

USAR Task Force Logistics BY TOM CARR Prior to the Oklahoma City incident, logistics as it relates to the response of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces had received a great deal of attention specific to each individual task force. Task force logisticians had spent a great deal of time on load planning and equipment packaging for air transportation and hazardous-materials certification for military transport. Until last year, the Department of Defense (DOD) was responsible for resupplying USAR task forces after the first 72 hours of deployment. Last year, the task force resupply and maintenance system became a FEMA responsibility. Prior to April 19, little had been done to develop an appropriate resupply system at the task force level. Task force equipment caches, personnel needs, food, water, fuel, and shelter were designed to provide all of the components necessary to sustain the task forces for the first 72 hours.…

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