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.