The State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance (SUSAR) was formed in 2005 with the first conference in Columbia, South Carolina.  The dream of the first organizers was to develop a mechanism to share ideas and to learn from each other.  That goal is still alive today.  SUSAR exists to provide a support system to the Urban Search and Rescue community across the nation. The SUSAR Alliance currently represents member organizations that are local, regional and State US&R resources, and also includes federal US&R resources.  The focus of the SUSAR Alliance is about the capability to provide all hazards, search and rescue resources for the purpose of saving lives in communities around the country that are devastated by natural and man-made events that extend beyond the normal capabilities of first responders in those communities. The SUSAR Alliance does not exist to serve and perpetuate our own existence outside of the mission to provide the best possible coordination of search and rescue resources possible. 


The SUSAR Alliance exists to further the capability of search and rescue resources all over the country regardless of agency affiliation. It exists to share and to learn from each other so that the capability to respond continually improves. It exists to explore ways in which we can work together to respond more quickly. It exists to create and develop standards of preparedness and operational response that continually push the envelope of capability. It exists to educate and to develop new resources within our local and State communities. It exists to develop partnerships not only with all local, State, and federal resources, but also with the Military and with manufacturers and vendors who develop products to enhance the performance capability of US&R resources around the country. It exists to create a mechanism for communication with each other so that we can continually improve the service we provide. 

Our Misson



Support and conduct research, education, and informational activities to benefit the communities served by state-level US&R teams; to provide teams a voice in the US&R community; to stimulate the exchange of information among persons and organizations thus engaged in US&R and to disseminate such information; and to develop, adopt, and utilize standards for participants and teams engaged in US&R

SUSAR started informally with discussion between the task force leaders of several states, including South Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois. They decided that state level teams would benefit from a more formal exchange of ideas. The first meeting was in South Carolina in July 2005, and 18 states were represented, as well as Puerto Rico. By the second meeting the group had grown to 26 states. The State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance was formally adopted in August 2006 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As of March 2007, 41 states had joined the Alliance.