Urban Search & Rescue

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force members meet with local officials on St. Croix to coordinate search and rescue operations. Photo by DHS, FEMA

Members of the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Committee are fire and emergency service subject matter experts with local, regional and national search and rescue response experience.

This committee will provide a link between all levels of response with the common goal of recognizing a national response capability across the U.S. It will develop a collection of search and rescue-type resources that are available for all levels of response.


Chief Dave Downey (Ret.)
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Staff Liaison
Ken LaSala

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