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What are the capabilities of a task force?

The ACT Technical Rescue Response team are equipped and ready to deploy within six hours in various response models. When federal support is anticipated prior to an event such as a hurricane, we can be used as a force multiplier. To help local teams or federal teams. System resources are often pre-positioned along with other federal responders to expedite support following the disaster. Additionally, this multi-disciplinary Team serves as airborne water and rough terrain rescue Team. Our mission is to locate, access, rescue, and evacuate victims that would not be readily accessible by normal means. This is done while performing premier ALS treatment. Toward that end, they receive certification and recurrent training as, Fire Rescue, Police, SWAT, Paramedics, Divers, Rescue Swimmers, Airborne Deployment, Lifeguard, Water Survival, Operators of Personal Watercraft, Advance Medical, and HAZMAT Training. 

  • Physical search and rescue operations in damaged/collapsed structures

  • Emergency medical care for entrapped survivors, task force personnel and search canines

  • Reconnaissance to assess damage and needs, and provide feedback to local, state, tribal, territorial and federal officials. 

  • Assessment/shut-off of utilities to houses and other buildings

  • Hazardous materials surveys/evaluations

  • Structural/hazard evaluations of buildings needed for immediate occupancy to support disaster relief operations

  • Stabilizing damaged structures, including shoring and cribbing operations on damaged buildings

  • Hazardous Materials Equipment Push Packages for operations in a contaminated environment

  • Search and rescue operations in a water environment

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