Urban Search and Rescue, US&R, is a "multi-hazard" discipline, that may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms, tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities and hazardous materials releases.
CA-TF6 is one of 28 National Task Forces and one of eight in California that respond as either FEMA or as a California EMA resource during emergencies requiring highly skilled search and rescue personnel. Although US&R Task Forces are a FEMA resources, they also work for, and in support of, local response agencies.
Under the leadership of Division Chief and US&R Program Manager Steve McKinster, the highly trained members include firefighters, medical professionals, canine/handler teams and emergency management personnel with special expertise in search and rescue operations. They have performed search and rescue for numerous major disasters, including the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and the Oso Mud Slide.
As US&R Program Manager, Division Chief Steve McKinster, plans, organizes and administers the Urban Search & Rescue program during day-to-day operations and during team deployments. Within the US&R Division, Captain Mike Williams is the Task Force Cache Manager who maintains the team’s state of readiness. Mike Avila is the Task Force Account Clerk and Pete Sellas assists with cache maintenance and is also a team Canine Handler.
The CA US&R System provides highly specialized personnel and resources, leveraged from the local level, for 24/7 response capability to the State and Federal Government.
The primary role of the CA US&R System
is to provide highly trained, motivated and experienced
personnel, specialized tools, equipment and techniques for
the purpose of rescuing persons in peril as a result of
natural and manmade disasters, terrorist acts and acts of
war, as well as to provide large scale incident management
coordination and support, as applicable, in support of
overall incident operations.
The California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Six will attain the highest level of readiness and be recognized at the local, state and national level for its strength in providing specialized all-risk search and rescue capability.
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