Minnesota Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 is made up of five Minnesota Fire Departments with firefighters and paramedics from surrounding metro agencies.
The Task Force is equipped to handle:
- structural collapse heavy rescue including breaching and breaking reinforced concrete and steel
- trench rescues
- confined space rescues
- rope rescues
All members of the task force are trained to and can function at the structural collapse technician level. The training prepares the rescuers to perform as hazmat technicians/specialists and execute:
- High/low angle rescues
- Confined space rescues
- Trench rescues
- Structural collapse rescues
In addition, members of the task force have been trained as structural collapse/crush injury medics. We have extended the training to include several physicians who are the task force medical doctors and provide medical direction for the task force medics.