Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1) - Urban Search and Rescue

West Metro Fire Rescue is the sponsoring agency for the Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1), Urban Search and Rescue. The task force is a Colorado-based team under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The task force has approximately 200 highly trained members, that include firefighters, paramedics, physicians, structural engineers, hazardous materials technicians, heavy rigging specialists and canine handlers. The Task Force must be totally self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of a deployment.

CO-TF1 responds to disasters around the country to find and rescue people who are trapped in urban settings; like building collapses. The task force is made up of personnel from 28 public and private agencies in Colorado.

Task force members have responded to the collapse of the World Trade Center during 9/11, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.

2016 - FEMA CO-TF1 US&R Activity Calendar


Member Status Change / Update 


Task Force Capabilities 

 

  • Physical search and rescue operations in damaged/collapsed structures
  • Emergency medical care for entrapped victims, task force personnel, and search dogs
  • Conduct damage and needs assessments and provide information to local, state, and federal officials
  • Assessment and control of gas and electric service to affected structures
  • Hazardous materials evaluation
  • Evaluation of the structural hazards in support of rescue operations
  • Stabilization of damaged structures

Task Force Capabilities 

 

  • Physical search and rescue operations in damaged/collapsed structures
  • Emergency medical care for entrapped victims, task force personnel, and search dogs
  • Conduct damage and needs assessments and provide information to local, state, and federal officials
  • Assessment and control of gas and electric service to affected structures
  • Hazardous materials evaluation
  • Evaluation of the structural hazards in support of rescue operations
  • Stabilization of damaged structures

Task Force Capabilities 

 

  • Physical search and rescue operations in damaged/collapsed structures
  • Emergency medical care for entrapped victims, task force personnel, and search dogs
  • Conduct damage and needs assessments and provide information to local, state, and federal officials
  • Assessment and control of gas and electric service to affected structures
  • Hazardous materials evaluation
  • Evaluation of the structural hazards in support of rescue operations
  • Stabilization of damaged structures
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