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In the early 1980's two fire departments, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (at that time known as Metro-Dade Fire Rescue) and the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department , operated under an agreement with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. State Department to provide international search and rescue assistance in times of disaster. During these early years, assistance was provided to the countries of Mexico, Philippines and Soviet Armenia.
In 1991, FEMA incorporated a US&R team concept into a federal response plan. Over 20 teams were geographically chosen throughout the country, with local public safety departments as sponsoring agencies. Today, under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) there are 28 national task forces staffed and equipped to provide 24-hour search and rescue operations following earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural or human-caused disasters.
If a disaster warrants a national US&R response, DHS/FEMA will initially deploy the three closest task forces. Once notified, each team has a six hour window to mobilize 70 search and rescue specialists to report to a prearranged departure point. The role of FL-TF1 and the other task forces is to always support state and local responders' efforts to locate victims and manage recovery operations.
FL-TF1 is comprised mostly of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel and other outside specialists as needed. Team members are divided into specialized components of the task force that include: a command group, a rescue group, a search group, a medical group and a planning group.
In addition, FL-TF1 currently has 9 FEMA certified canine teams. Each team is composed of a handler and a search dog. These canine teams make up the canine search component of the task force.
To respond to natural and man-made disasters as well as providing search and rescue, medical support, communications and damage assessment.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue US&R team, Florida Task Force-1 (FL-TF1) is available 24 hours a day, locally or nationally. In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) , the State of Florida and other agencies, the task force can be mobilized once an affected disaster area exceeds their own response capabilities and officially requests outside help.
FL-TF1 is set up to perform the following operations:
The Task Force is supported by a comprehensive equipment cache totaling 50,000 pounds. It provides total self-sufficiency for immediate mission response and includes:
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