Northeast Texas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute

Member Meeting - Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue

  • 19 Sep 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
  • Texas Star Conference Center, 1400 Texas Star Parkway, Euless, TX 76040


  • Buffet style meal and meeting registration.

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Northeast Texas Chapter of ACI
September 19, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Lunch

Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue - Chuck Larosche

One of 28 National Urban Search and Rescue teams in the nation
coordinated by FEMA, Texas Task Force 1 is comprised of 510 personnel including three 70-person US&R teams and 300 water rescue personnel.  Teams included are HazMat and WMD technicians representing numerous fire departments and organizations throughout the state. TX-TF1 members are trained as specialists and many members are cross-trained in other jobs on the task force. Members are required to complete over 90 hours of training per year, attend regional training and attend an annual full-scale exercise in Disaster City or mobilization exercise. TX-TF1 members bring a variety of full-time job skills to the task force. Firefighters, doctors, nurses, structural engineers, and canine handlers, among others, all comprise TX-TF1. The team is designed to be logistically self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of operation and is able to function for up to 10 days under remote and austere conditions. The team is ready at a moment's notice and is prepared 24 hours a day to be mobilized and deployed within four hours.

Chuck Larosche is a Structures Specialist with Texas Task Force 1, and was involved in the response to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, as well as other task force deployments.
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