Urban Search & Rescue

Urban Search and Rescue

Natural disasters and incidents, steep terrain and difficult access, construction and industrial accidents and acts of terrorism requiring advanced rescue capability are just some of the diverse risk potentials addressed by the Region 9 Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Type 2 Task Force (R9-TF-1).

The R9-TF-1, in accordance with the Spokane County Fire Mutual aid agreement covers a five-county area in Northeastern Washington, which includes Spokane County as its hub and primary population center and provides supplemental support for the Technical Rescue Teams of all Spokane County fire service agencies. This support includes equipment, structural collapse rescue training, incident management and logistics in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.

The R9-TF-1 is made up of interagency members, who are trained and equipped to meet the National Fire Protection Association 1006 and 1671 Standards. If adequate members are available. a two -team concept of operations will allow for 24-hour staffing or response to two separate incidents.

Level of Service

The R9-TF-1 is capable of providing the following services:

  • Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse
  • Confined Space
  • Machinery/Vehicle Entrapment
  • Trench Collapse
  • Water/Ice Rescue

Incident Management and Support

The R9-TF-1 will develop the operational organization structure necessary to support a safe effective operation. The Spokane County MIST will provide incident management, planning and logistical support for R9-TF-1 when deployed in Task Force configuration.