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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Authority, now part of the newly formed Office of Homeland Security, has established regional USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) teams that include several Redwood City Fire Department members.

The USAR team is involved in constant specialized training in the area of Search and Rescue following structural collapse, technical above ground rescue, confined space entry and rescue, and Bio hazard response as well.

The USAR Team has responded to National Disasters such as Hurricane Iniki, the Northridge Earthquake, The Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma, the World Trade Center Collapse and Hurricane Katrina.



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