Kansas Search and Rescue Task Force Team Deployed to Florida for Hurricane Response

Multiple Kansas agencies are deploying first responders to Florida for Hurricane Dorian response efforts as the storm moves closer to the eastern coast of US An Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team comprised of members from multiple Kansas agencies has…

Hampshire firefighter tackles fatal fires in Bangladesh

A highly-skilled Hampshire firefighter has travelled to Bangladesh to help prevent the scourge of fatal fires that is sweeping the refugee camp – which shelter almost a million people. Fire Protection Officer Richard North flew out this week and will be returning…

Kansas Sends First State-Level Urban Search and Rescue Canine Handlers to Ground Zero Emergency Training Center in Okla. City

Two Kansans will be the first state-level Urban Search and Rescue canine handlers from outside of Oklahoma to graduate from the Ground Zero Emergency Training Center in Okla. City this Thursday. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has…

New ultra-wide band radar technology saves lives at disaster scenes

Disaster scenes are chaotic and noisy, with rescue teams climbing over collapsed structures, feverishly working to find survivors. Technology can play an important role in the effort, whether the structural collapse is due to earthquake, human-caused disaster, flood or tsunami,…

Training for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in the UK

USAR in the UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) has undergone some dramatic changes over the last few years. Given that the formal introduction of the capability didn’t start until after the events of 9/11, the capability has never truly…

Kent firefighters amongst the best in the world

Six firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team returned from Germany at the weekend with smiles on their faces, after receiving high praise from the United Nation’s International Search And Rescue Advisory Group…

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service standardises on GIS software from Cadcorp

Having successfully rolled out a Cadcorp corporate GIS last year Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is now adding specialised desktop GIS software for resource planning and performance reporting. Tracy King, GIS Officer at ECFRS, describes the rapid progress this…

Urban Search and Rescue Capability

The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability for England and Wales was introduced through the New Dimension programme in 2004 in response to the terrorist attacks which took place in the USA on 11th September 2001. This programme has now…

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