FEMA National US&R Response System Task Force Position Description

Rescue Specialist

Position Specific Requirements:

The Rescue Specialist is responsible for performing the rescue function of the Task Force incident operation. The Rescue Specialist reports directly to a Rescue Squad Officer.

Description of Duties:

The Rescue Specialist is responsible for:

  • Implementing technical skills and operating equipment necessary for completing the rescue portion of the action plan

  • Performing rescue operations under the direct supervision of a Rescue Squad Officer and providing periodic progress reports as needed

  • The operation and routine field maintenance of rescue tools and equipment

  • Ensuring accountability and maintenance for all issued equipment

  • Evaluating and modifying rescue tactics as needed

  • Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned

Position Requirements and Criteria:

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Rescue Specialists in the DHS/FEMA National US&R Response System. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing the rescue tactics and techniques required in a disaster environment.

Required Training:

The Rescue Specialist shall:

  • Complete all Administrative and General Training requirements

  • Complete DHS/FEMA National US&R Response System GPS Awareness Level Course

  • Meet requirements of NFPA1670(2004) Structural Collapse TechnicianLevel

  • Meet all requirements of NFPA 1670 (2004 Edition) Chapter 9 Section 9.3.5. Operations levels for the specific disciplines defined in Sections 9.3.6 – 9.3.9 are excluded from this requirement.

  • Complete the DHS/FEMA National US&R Response System Structural Collapse Technician course 

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