Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

It is the mission of the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR), Connecticut Task Force 1 (CT-TF1) to provide a coordinated effort of personnel and resources to locate, extricate and provide immediate medical treatment to victims trapped within collapsed structures.

To accomplish this mission, CT-TF1 members will develop and deploy efficient and effective rescue technologies in a planned and measured response that mirrors the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s guidelines on Urban Search and Rescue and consistent with existing National Fire Protection Association Standards.  Task Force capabilities will include rapid mobilization to assist in natural or manmade disasters.

Members of CT-TF1 will conduct search and rescue operations in a professional, ethical, and compassionate manner that will protect the dignity of the victims and the communities served.

Members of CT-TF1 will develop and maintain the highest level of skills and capabilities required when deployed to natural or manmade disasters, including hurricanes, floods, conflagrations, explosions, earthquakes, or the use of weapons of mass destruction that result in events that are beyond the capability of local emergency service resources.

The US&R Team is based out of Brainard Airport located in Hartford, Connecticut, and will have airborne capabilities by utilizing military helicopters, C-130s, C-141s and other aircraft.  The Team will use the best available resources possible.

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Registrant Application Form


For local Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, and Emergency Management Directors, to request the US&R Team, please contact the DESPP Message Center at 860-685-8190