Mar 28, 2018

USAR Task Forces & Technical Rescue Teams

1 comment

Guys, I have some questions for those out there that have a USAR Task Force within their department (we are a large city which currently dedicates 10 companies to a USAR Task Force; 4 Engines, 3 Rescues. 3 Trucks). I realize there's a difference between a Technical Rescue Team and a USAR Task Force. We are looking at revamping a few things, so I wanted to poll the masses. Here they are, feel free to PM if you want; - Does it matter what company you are assigned to determine if you are a USAR member? Or, can you be a member of the USAR Task Force regardless of your company assignment? - Is there a time requirement for you to be on the job before you can become a member of the USAR and/or Technical Rescue Team? - If you are a company based USAR Task Force, what's the break down of Engine Companies, Ladder Companies and Rescue Companies which are considered "USAR"? - How often do you a train as a Task Force, not including "in the firehouse"? - Do you place companies out of service for Task Force training, or do you back-fill them to keep them in service? - As far as Technical Rescue Teams go, how many companies within your department are considered to be "technical rescue team" companies? - How often do you have formal technical rescue training?

Any help appreciated.

 

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

 

reference:

https://bit.ly/2pM8YVt

Blockchain app marketing

 

Thanks!

 

Mar 28, 2018

Dave:

 

Some good questions, and thanks for starting an interesting topic. I can answer based on the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department and previously as the sponsor for Texas Task Force 2. (TX-TF2 is now sponsored by TX-TF1/TEEX).

 

- Does it matter what company you are assigned to determine if you are a USAR member? Or, can you be a member of the USAR Task Force regardless of your company assignment? -

 

**DFR maintains an in-house modified Type IV US&R team that operates out of two multi-company stations and maintains a minimum 20 person staffing every day to support that. All members assigned to Station 19 and Station 33 must be US&R certified. They are cross trained as Rescue Specialists and Tech Search Specialist. The on-duty team is further supported by our Hazmat team and two Battalion Chiefs that are trained as TFL's and their Command Techs. DFR established TX-TF2 and members of the Department may be members of TX-TF2 regardless of their assignment.

 

 

Is there a time requirement for you to be on the job before you can become a member of the USAR and/or Technical Rescue Team? -

 

**DFR members must have completed all of their probabtion as firefighters and as Paramedics before they can attend any Special Operations training. This usually puts them several years on the Department before they are eligibile.

 

If you are a company based USAR Task Force, what's the break down of Engine Companies, Ladder Companies and Rescue Companies which are considered "USAR"? -

 

**Each of our US&R Stations (incl. Hazmat) have one engine, one truck, and one rescue (MICU). The on-duty modified Type 4 responds within the City and in the 16 counties of the North Texas area as a mutual aid request. TX-TF2 responds as an asset of the State of Texas.

 

How often do you a train as a Task Force, not including "in the firehouse"? -

 

**The on-duty team trains quarterly in addition to station training. TX-TF2 has now adopted TX-TF1's training schedule and it is more complicated, but involves regional training, skillset training, mobex's, ORE's, etc.

 

Do you place companies out of service for Task Force training, or do you back-fill them to keep them in service? -

 

**On duty team companies are placed out of service, but may be required to go back in service if a large multiple alarm comes in or if a percentage of companies are assigned.

 

As far as Technical Rescue Teams go, how many companies within your department are considered to be "technical rescue team" companies? -

 

**The two US&R Stations but we also have swift water stations and boat companies

 

How often do you have formal technical rescue training?

 

**Quarterly, but if you mean initial skill training, we try to do one class in each discipline each year (Ropes, Confined Space, Trench, SCT-II, Vehicle Machiney Extrication, etc...)

 

--Steve

New Posts
  • Hi, I've had the Designbuilder Training Certificate for a year now, and have just been told that because I'm not accredited I shouldn't being doing the Brukl Report to Building Control in the early stages of a project. Do you have to be accredited to do anything on Designbuilder. I know when the building is built then an EPC will be needed, and possibly at design stage, but from what I've heard only Level 4 Accredited Assessors should be issuing Brukl Report. Is there any legislation that states this? Any help will be apprecited. I didn't find the right solution from the Internet. References: https://designbuilder.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2172 Blockchain Use Cases Thank you.