National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Management

Managing a task force has evolved into a process requiring day-to-day oversight and responsibility. This is a significant change from the manner first used by many sponsoring agencies when the FEMA National US&R Response System began.

Once considered the function of the primary Task Force Leader, the multitude of requirements expected of a Task Force Leader has forced a re-focus on the needs of the system. In the Case of CA-TF-5 we have assigned a Task Force Leader and long time member of the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Urban Search and Rescue Program as the Program Manager.

Regardless of the person or the position held within the task force, a single focal point is required to ensure that communications are received, and, if actions are necessary, that the actions are delegated and/or completed in accordance with Federal requirements.

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Program Manager

A task force has a single person designated as the Task Force Program Manager. The Task Force Program Manager has the ability and resources to manage the US&R task force effectively for the Orange County Fire Authority as the Sponsoring Agency in fulfilling its obligation to FEMA.

The Program Manager is responsible for:

Task Force Leaders

The Task Force Team Leader is responsible for managing and supervising all aspects of a mission, both operational and managerial, from the time of activation through the return to the home jurisdiction. This includes all personnel and equipment resources as well as overseeing and directly supervising the task force team management. The task force team Leader is responsible for the development and completion of all task force team objectives as well as the proper reporting, record keeping, and after-action requirements.

The Task Force Leader is responsible for:

Task Force Components - Leaders