Texas Task Force 1 is hosting the fourth State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance Conference (SUSAR) this week for more than 100 emergency response managers from 21 states, including as far away as Alaska.
SUSAR, which was formed in 2005, serves as an outlet for states to create and maintain their own statewide urban search and rescue team for incidents that may overwhelm jurisdictions, but are not large enough for federal assistance. Members work together to address a variety of emergency response issues, including search and rescue, medical needs, hazardous materials response and logistics.
Attendees of the SUSAR conference will attend a variety of sessions and will also tour Disaster City®, one of the top urban search and rescue training facilities in the world.
Texas Task Force 1, which is sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), serves as Texas’ only statewide urban search and rescue team under direction of the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic development.