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· Michigan Region 2-USAR Response System  

· MI-TF1  

· USAR Strike Teams  

· Search Team  

· Incident Support/ Advance Team  


Michigan Region 2-USAR Response System  

The region 2 USAR response system is designed to provide supervision and control of essential functions at incidents where technical rescue expertise and equipment are required for safe and effective rescue operations. USAR incidents can be caused by a variety of events such as a tornado or terrorist incident that cause widespread damage to a variety of structures and entrap hundreds of people. Other examples of USAR events can range from mass transportation accidents with multiple victims to single site events such as a trench cave-in or confined space rescue involving only one or two victims. USAR operations are unique in that specialized training and equipment are required to mitigate the incident in the safest and most efficient manner possible.    




The Region 2 USAR System is based on a modular component concept. The USAR components consist of:  

  • (1) USAR Task Force
  • (3) USAR Strike Teams
  • (1) Search Team
  • (1) Incident Support Team-Advance


A Michigan Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (MI-TF1) response is comprised of 36 people specially trained and equipped for large or complex Urban Search and Rescue operations. The multi-disciplinary organization provides five functional elements that include Supervision, Search, Rescue, Medical, and Logistics. The Regional USAR Task Force is designed to work 12 hour operational periods and is totally self-sufficient for the first 72 hours. Transportation and logistical support is provided by the task force and may need to be supported by the requesting agency.  


Task Force Positions  

(1) Task Force Leader  

(1) Safety Officer  

(1) Planning Team Manager  

(1) Communications Specialist  

(1) Technical Information Specialist  

(1) Search Team Manager  

(2) Canine Search specialists  

(2) Technical Search Specialists  

(1) Rescue Team Manager  

(2) Rescue Squad Officers  

(10) Rescue Specialists  

(1) Structures Specialist  

(2) Heavy Equipment/Rigging Specialists  

(1) Medical Team Manager  

(2) Medical Specialists  

(1) Haz Mat Team Manager  

(2) Haz Mat Specialists  

(1) Logistics Team Manager  

(3) Logistics Specialists  


Click here for Task Force Position Descriptions  


Click here for USAR Task Force Equipment List  


USAR Strike Team  

A USAR Strike Team response is comprised of 14 people specially trained and equipped for Heavy Floor Construction, Pre-Cast Concrete Construction, Steel Frame Construction, high angle rope rescue (including highline systems), confined space rescue (permit required), and mass transportation rescue. Strike teams respond through the use of specially trained on-duty fire/rescue personnel stationed in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. This provides for an immediate (non-delayed) search and rescue response. USAR Strike Teams respond with and work under the direction of the USAR Incident Support Team-Advance.   


Strike Team Positions  

(2) Strike Team Squad Officers  

(10) Rescue Specialists  

(1) Medical Specialist  

(1) Logistics Specialist  


Click here for USAR Strike Team Equipment List  

USAR Search Team  

A USAR Search Team is comprised of 4 specialists trained and equipped to locate victims in collapsed buildings and other urban environments. A search team response includes both canine and technical (electronic) search capabilities. USAR Search Teams respond with and work under the direction of the Incident Support Team-Advance.   


 Search Team Positions  

(1) Search Team Manager  

(2) Canine Search Specialists  

(2) Technical Search Specialists  


 Click here for USAR Search Team Equipment List  

Click here for USAR Search Team Strike Team Equipment 

 Click here for USAR Search Team Stike Team PPE 











Incident Support/ Advance Team  

The Incident Support/ Advance Team provides the initial regional effort to establish search and rescue management and support and to prepare for the arrival of the USAR task force at a disaster site. The IS/AT provides state and local officials with technical assistance, in the acquisition and utilization of search and rescue resources, through advice, incident command assistance, logistic support, management and coordination of USAR resources.  


The USAR IST-A is trained and equipped to help the local officials:   

  • Gather search and rescue assessment information
  • Provide State and/or local officials with technical assistance and advice
  • Recommend activation of USAR task forces or other ESF #9 resource
  • Determine the financial obligations for the USAR resources
  • Recommend appropriate mitigation measures for USAR operations
  • Identify the support needs of the USAR Task Force
  • Make preparations for incoming USAR resources
  • Provide management and coordination of USAR resources
  • Provide a mechanism for resupply of important tools, supplies, and equipment for the USAR Task Force