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Latest News

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


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.

EMAP Virtual Cohort Training

Due to COVID-19, EMAP has transitioned the EMAP US&R Standard 2-2019 to a virtual environment. The Virtual EMAP US&R Standard 2-2019 Cohort Training is four (4) weeks in length, requiring the participation of attendees in one (1) afternoon session and small group work weekly. The Virtual EMAP US&R Standard 2-2019 Cohort Training will occur on January 7, 21, 28, and February 4, 2021 from 12-5pm EST.  


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!

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  

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.

New Discussion Forums Online!!!

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. Give it a try under the Members tab above.

Rayanne Chamberlain Named 2019 Jim Riley Award Recipient

Rayanne Chamberlain, Michigan Task Force 1, was recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Jim Riley Award at our annual conference in Wichita.  Rayanne has served in multiple positions on MI-TF1 and has been a member of the SUSAR Board of Directors since 2013, serving as the Secretary/Treasurer during her tenure.  Please join us in congratulating Rayanne on this well-deserved recognition!

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.