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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed an Urban Search and Rescue Network for the United States. This network consists of 28 task forces available to respond nationwide in the event of a Presidential disaster declaration. A task force consists of trained, equipped, and organized personnel capable of conducting Urban Search and Rescue. The task forces have been designed to include search, rescue, medical and technical elements to provide an integrated, self-contained approach to locating, extricating and treating victims.

Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency the operational concept for activation of these task forces will be predicated on a request from the President of the United States. Within six hours of activation, task forces will assemble for airlift to the disaster scene with activation not to exceed ten days.

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