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About This Webinar

US&R teams are a critical asset in disaster incidents where communities need specialized lifesaving assistance. The purpose of this webinar is to help fire chiefs understand how to access federal and state urban search & rescue (US&R) teams. The panel will discuss the tiered role of federal and state US&R teams. It also will discuss how a fire chief can summon US&R teams for assistance. US&R teams are a critical asset in disaster incidents where communities need specialized lifesaving assistance.

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  • What assets do federal and state US&R teams have?
  • How to access federal and state US&R teams.
  • Why it’s important to support funding for federal and state US&R teams.
When: Thu, Jun 16, 2022 · 1:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Who can attend? Everyone
Dial-in available? (listen only): No
Featured Presenters
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President, State Urban Search and Rescue (SUSAR) Association
30 years in the Fire Service. Member of VA-TF2 US&R team. Currently the Branch Chief of Training & Operation for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Joined SUSAR Board in 2016, currently serving as President
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Chair, IAFC Urban Search & Rescue Committee
37-year veteran of the fire service retiring in 2019 after 6 years as the Fire Chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Current task force leader for FL-TF1 US&R. Responded to disasters around the world most recently serving for 19 days as the State of Florida US&R Coordinator at the building collapse in Surfside, FL.
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DHS/FEMA US&R Branch Chief
36-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, retiring as the Special Operations Chief in 2010. Assigned in concurrent (detailed) duty assignments in the FEMA National US&R Response System from 1992-2010 to numerous disasters, to include leadership roles at the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti Earthquake. From 2010 to present, assigned as the Chief of the Urban Search and Rescue Branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Department of Homeland Security.
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National Director - 1-800-BoardUp
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Director of Marketing - 1-800-BoardUp
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International Association of Fire Chiefs webinar platform hosts Accessing Urban Search and Rescue Teams: A Primer
The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.