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March 30, 2020

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!

Event Calendar

Check out our new Event Calendar and Event Flyer pages under the Training Tab!  If you have a training or exercise event you'd like to share with the US&R community please email the flyer and details to randy.hill@ks.gov.  

January 01, 2020

Wide Area Search

Wide Area Search class is being offered in Junction City, Kansas, March 17-19, 2020.  Registration closes March 3rd.  Click below for event flyer.

January 08, 2020

Save the Dates

Flood exercise in Morganton, North Carolina scheduled for April 18-21, 2020.  Registration opens in late January.  Save the Dates flyer below.

January 01, 2020


All Hazards Division Group Supervisor - February 4-6, 2020 in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  Click below for course flyer.

December 20, 2019

2020 New York State Technical Rescue Conference

The 2020 New York State Technical Rescue Conference, scheduled for May 28-31, 2020, has put out a Request for Presenters.  Deadline for submission is January 31, 2020.  Click below for event flyer and submission form.

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.

December 12, 2019

Swiftwater/Flood - Animal Rescue Specialist

Check out this video of the animal rescue training at the 2019 SUSAR/MSOC Conference in Wichita!

December 12, 2019

We have created a NEW DISCUSSION FORUM

These forums are designed to facilitate discussions among the various functional areas of our US&R Task Forces. We encourage team members as well as industry professionals, to utilize these forums to share information throughout the organization. This is a great way to share new techniques, training ideas, ask questions of people from other Task Forces.  One of the things that SUSAR was founded on was a way to share information. What's working and what's not working?  How does MI-TF1 handle annual canine training? How does AL-TF1 manage cache inventory? How does FL-TF3 manage multiple agency agreements? How does TX-TF2 work with the State Division of Emergency Management? How does IL-TF1 manage agreements with civilian members and liability issues? etc.

This is a great way to create an ongoing dialog to help each of our teams work together to improve the State US&R systems.

Give it a try!!!      

December 06, 2019


We a number of links to ICS and US&R training on the Kansas State Fire Marshal's website.  Check them out by clicking the button below.

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