The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), developed the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System to support the Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9 (Urban Search and Rescue) of the Federal Response Plan. Within this framework, resources are mobilized to respond to structural collapse and other incidents nationwide.
The DHS/FEMA US&R Field Operations Guide (FOG) has been developed to support response resources during training and on missions. The FOG is a compilation and summary of important strategic and tactical information, developed procedures, and reference material.
The FOG is an operational guide for ESF #9 resources, that reflects standardized activities and procedures and promotes safe and effective search and rescue operations.
Concept of Operations
Incident Support Team (IST)
The DHS/FEMA US&R IST provides Federal, State, and local officials with technical assistance for command, control, and logistical support of assigned US&R resources.
Mobilization IST members will not normally assemble prior to travel to the assigned location. When the IST assembles, the following issues shall be addressed:
[ ] Assemble for an initial briefing by the IST Leader or immediate supervisor.
[ ] Assist with the movement and loading of the IST Administrative/Support Kit.
[ ] Receive appropriate supplies and equipment (portable radio, cellular phone, etc.).
[ ] Review latest disaster related information as it becomes available.
[ ] Review the information pertinent to position, including position description, operational checklist, and operational and safety procedures.
[ ] Discuss and coordinate anticipated logistical requirements (i.e., transportation, lodging, etc.) prior to arrival at the assigned location.
[ ] Take full advantage of available travel time for rest prior to arrival.
Arrival and Check-In [ ] Notify Emergency Support Team (EST) upon arrival.
[ ] Check-in with IST Planning Section.
[ ] Obtain a medical screening and complete a medical information sheet.
[ ] Report to supervisor and obtain a briefing.
On-site Operations [ ] Coordinate operational objectives with local incident command and Federal response organization.
[ ] Identify and coordinate operational mission objectives and expectations.
[ ] Identify and coordinate logistical support requirements for US&R resources.
[ ] Ensure reliable communications between assigned resources, local authorities, and appropriate Federal agencies.
Task Force (TF)
Arrival at the Assigned Locality/Jurisdiction
Task Force Leaders (TFLs) shall obtain an initial briefing from the IST or local authorities (if the IST is not in place), including:
The current local incident management organization and reporting requirements.
Physical location of the Incident Command Post (ICP)
US&R capabilities and limitations should be conveyed to local authorities supported by the US&R Fact Sheets. The initial briefing should result in a clear understanding of expectations between local authorities and US&R resources.
Establishing the Base of Operations (BoO)
Upon arrival, a team should identify an appropriate location for a BoO (coordinate with IST and local authorities). Recommended team members include: