Firefighter Training

USAR Regional Response: An Excersize in Teamwork

Issue 9 and Volume 151.

USAR Regional Response: An Excersize in Teamwork BY MICHAEL DellaRocco On July 19, 1995, fire chiefs, firefighters, and EMS workers from New York State`s Capital District were brought together to hear plans for an Urban/Technical Search and Rescue Team (U/TSAR) to be comprised of career and volunteer personnel and based on the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) model. It was to be a regional response team that would encompass the seven contiguous counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren, Montgomery, and Columbia. Its team members would represent 26 separate rescue and fire departments. For many at the initial meeting–with the recent floods across the nation and the Oklahoma City Bombing fresh in their minds–creating such a team was exciting, innovative, and necessary. Developing, forming, and actually deploying the team would also be an obvious challenge. THE GROUNDWORK A great deal of preliminary organizational work had to be done by the…

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