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Jim Riley (NJ-TF1) the inaugural recipient of the Jim Riley Leadership Award. More

Notice of Election - May 2022

The SUSAR Board of Directors is seeking interested candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. An election will be held during the annual meeting on May 17, 2022 at the upcoming SUSAR Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. The term of office shall be three (3) years.

Individuals interested in serving on the SUSAR Board of Directors shall submit the candidate information form to the SUSAR Election Committee. Forms shall be submitted by COB on Friday May 6, 2022.

The SUSAR Election Committee will compile the information forms and distribute an election ballot prior to the Conference. The ballot will also include information on the candidates seeking a term. Candidates do not need to be present in person at the conference to be elected.

New members of the Board of Directors will be expected to begin engagement in person or virtually during the conference and at subsequent meetings and matters of the Board.

Questions on this process shall be directed to Reed Thompson at or Kevin Lyne at

Click button below for candidate information form

US&R Medical Team Training

May 12-15, 2022, a National Urban Search & Rescue FEMA US&R Response System Medical Team Specialist (MTS) Course is being presented at the South Carolina Fire Academy US&R Training Center in Columbia. By request of UT-TF1 this equivalent course EQ#2022-007 is strictly structured under FEMA curriculum standards and designed to fulfill initial training requirements for Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Medical Specialist (Medic) and Medical Team Managers (Physicians).

2022 SUSAR-MSOC Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 SUSAR_MSOC Conference scheduled for May 12-19, 2022 in Columbia, SC.  Things kick off with a US&R Medical Team Training  course and two days of outstanding pre-conference training at the South Carolina Fire Academy, before the main conference at the Double Tree Hotel in Columbia, SC.  Please check out the link below for more details and be sure to register early to receive individual and group discounts.  It's great to be back so we hope to see everyone in South Carolina!

Animal Rescue Training - Monroeville, PA

Monroeville, PA Fire is hosting the 8 hour USAR Animal Rescue training in May 2022.  They are hosting 2 days and it's open to any first responder.  Click the button below for more information.


The 9/11 Promise awards scholarships to the children of first responders and veterans.  Click below to learn more about the 9/11 Promise program and see a list of 2020 scholarship recipents.

Trench Rescue-Advanced

Paratech webinar on Tuesday, January 12th at 10am CST.   Hosted by Ron Zawlocki and Craig Dashner
Duration 60 min presentation with 30 min QA; Focus on TL method of soil forces calculation

Registrants receive a coupon for 30% off and free ground shipping on Trench Rescue 3rd Edition.

We recommend attendees bring a pad and pencil to take notes, this will be a technical presentation. 

Search Dog Foundation Announces Grant Program

The Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is announcing a grant program for non-SDF trained canine search teams.  See attachments for frequently asked questions or contact SDF at to apply.

Update from Code 3 Associates

Click below for an update from Eric Thompson with Code 3 Associates regarding animal rescue training.

FEMA US&R Computer Based Training

Due to the overwhelming response to the FEMA US&R Computer Based Training courses, each course will now have a $10 administration fee to cover the cost for hosting and maintaining student records of completion on the TEEX website server. Still fantastic training for a small cost.  Check out their selection of rescue courses at


Working on an undergraduate or graduate degree?  The University of Alaska-Fairbanks has a new program that awards college credit for previously completed US&R training!  Check out the GM and UAF flyer under the Training tab above or click the button below.

COVID-19 Resources

There are documents posted under the INFO tab that provide current information on the COVID-19 pandemic.  As always, the SUSAR board stands ready to assist in any way we can during these trying times.  You can find our contact information under the ABOUT tab above.  STAY SAFE!

IAFC US&R Committee

The International Association of Fire Chiefs has appointed an Urban Search & Rescue Committee.  This committee will provide a link between all levels of response with the common goal of recognizing a national response capability across the U.S. It will develop a collection of search and rescue-type resources that are available for all levels of response.

The State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance (SUSAR) is a non-profit organization established to promote and support urban search and rescue teams across the United States.