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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Collapsed Structure Teams

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

Rescue Training

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

Medical Training

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.