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Table 12. Federal Emergency Management Agency: Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Composition

Specialization Area Members Number Responsibility
Commander Leader 2 Overall management and coordination of all Task Force operations.
Safety Officer 2
Search Team Manager 2 Locate live victims trapped in collapsed structure utilizing a combination of canine and technical/electronic search techniques.
Canine Search Specialist 4
Technical Search Specialist 2
Rescue Team Manager 2 Evaluation of compromised areas, structural stabilization, breaching, site exploration, and live victim extrication.
Squad Officer and 5 Rescue Specialists/Squad (4 Squads) 24
Medical Team Physicians 2 Provide pre-hospital emergency care for victims.
Paramedics 4
Planning Team Manager 2 Support to the overall search and rescue mission.
Structural Specialists 2
Heavy Rigging Specialists 2
Tech Info Specialists 2
Communication Specialists 2
Logistics Team Manager 2 Responsible for mobilization/ demobilization, provision and maintenance of equipment, and transportation support.
Logistics Specialists 4
Hazmat Team Manager 2 Monitor the atmosphere for a variety of natural and man-made hazards.
Hazmat Specialists 8

Sources: Public Relations Materials from Massachusetts Task Force 1 (MA-TF1 US&R)

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