06/07/11 148 W, 4 I - + 5 - 5 Apex USAR 1


Did you know that the Apex Fire Department is a member of North Carolina USAR Task Force 4, based out of Troutman in Iredell County? The task force is comprised of Apex, Mooresville, Morrisville (also here in Wake County), and Troutman fire departments. See a map of all USAR teams statewide.

Task Force 4 has a complete compliment of equipment and tractor-drawn rigs, including this one operated by AFD. Designated USAR 1, it's a 1995 Freightliner tractor pulling an extended trailer. 'Twas a former racing transporter.

The cab seats five and has a rear seat that can be used for sleeping. The unit is housed at Station 3 and was placed in service some months ago. The rig cost about $42,000, which was donated by the Apex Community Auxiliary, a group that supports Apex EMS. Here are a couple photos as taken at the trench rescue on Saturday. Click to enlarge:
 






Can someone run down what comprises a Type 1, 2, 3 and 4 team?
harkey - 06/07/11 - 08:15

From the above web site, though the pages appear dated to 2008…

Type I Teams – These teams are equivalent to a FEMA Type I USAR Task Force. NC USAR Type I teams teams have technical search and rescue capability for any type of structure, from light to heavy, as well as swift water rescue and land search capability and are fully self-supporting for a minimum of 3 days. A Type I Team is capable of 24 hour operations and will respond with 70 personnel.

Type II Teams – NC USAR Type II teams teams have technical search and rescue capability for any type of structure, from light to heavy, as well as swift water rescue and land search capability and are fully self-supporting for a minimum of 3 days. A Type II Team is capable of 12 hour operations and will respond with 35 personnel. Two Type II teams can be combined for a Type I response. Note: TF-10 has 1 canine with handler that is structural collapse certified

Type III Teams – NC USAR Type III teams teams have technical search and rescue capability for any type of structure, from light to heavy, as well as swift water rescue and land search capability and are fully self-supporting for a minimum of 3 days. A Type III Team is capable of 24 hour operations and will respond with 32 persons.

Type IV Teams – NC USAR Type IV teams teams have technical search and rescue capability for light to medium structures, as well as swift water rescue and land search capability and are fully self-supporting for a minimum of 3 days. A Type IV Team is capable of 12 hour operations and will respond with 16 persons. Two Type IV teams can be combined for a Type III response.
Legeros - 06/07/11 - 08:25

On a related USAR note, here’s a local blog posting about Task Force 8 and their pCom unit, that Google Alerts found for me: http://www.markturner.net/2011/06/03/eme..
Legeros - 06/07/11 - 08:28

This may be a simple question with a complicated answer, but…got somebody trapped, what is the guidance for who you call to help get ‘em out? Is it proximity, severity of entrapment, or what?
Chris - 06/07/11 - 08:46

Mooresville makes sense, but is anyone else confused as to why Morrisville and Apex are associated with a USAR team on the other side of the state with several USAR teams in between and a USAR team headquartered in their own county?
confused - 06/07/11 - 10:01

Yes I have wondered the same thing, seems to be a waste of money.
Yes - 06/07/11 - 10:54

I’m confused even more by what we do, where we go or why do we go, closest unit or lack there of, who does what, when are they staffed or
who’s on first alarm, why no second alarm. Agreed Confused and Yes….it’s crazy
I don’t know. I just go where they send me.
Buckwheat - 06/07/11 - 12:01

Chris, I wonder if the answer to your question is as simple as this: if you have the ability to make the rescue, you execute. If you do not, you call for assistance through the usual channels. If you’re an engine, you call for the rescue. If they don’t have the ability to make the rescue, they know to call the technical rescue team. Or, say, mutual aid resources that can help. Or, say, they contact a chief officer or the big chief, who knows of neighboring departments with resources. Or knows to contact NC EM, to request a USAR resource. etc. etc.
Legeros - 06/08/11 - 07:27

Is the Cary FD collapse tractor-trailer part of Task Force 8?
Andrew (Email) - 06/08/11 - 20:04

No, the truck transports the Town of Cary FD technical rescue equipment and is not associated with NCTF-8.
KDM - 06/08/11 - 20:12

Huge WASTE of funding!!! Why are these smaller teams still funded and why were they created in the beginning?? During hard budget times, fund the Type I teams. Sorry, just makes good business sense. Apex is 10 minutes away from Task Force 8. Who makes those plans of team assest locations?
Many questions? - 06/09/11 - 08:51

My guess would be someone with N.C. Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety.
Silver - 06/09/11 - 09:04

The smaller teams appear to be funded for incidents such as, oh lets say a tornado tears through the state and Charlotte and Raleigh are too busy cleaning up their own mess to go anywhere. That would seem like a good use for the smaller teams.
Answer to the question - 06/09/11 - 10:00

Or… an incident does not require the capabilities of a full blown Type I response, or initial activities can’t wait for a team to show up from Raleigh or Charlotte. Now you have a team in your backyard to start the process and evaluate the need for a larger scale response. Some of the smaller teams responded to the flooding down east a few months ago, handling it without having to wait for a team to come in from Raleigh.

Also, I know in times of economic turmoil it’s easy to see anything as a waste of money if it’s not being used every day. But let’s remember that most of the equipment has been long since bought and paid for for all these teams. And a significant amount of the money came from Federal Grants after 9/11. Now the only money used is for training, maintenance and upgrades to equipment.

Let’s not forget that we are also in Hurricane ally, and with one good size storm both of the Type I teams can be completely deployed while there’s still the need for additional support until a FEMA team(s) could arrive. Our US&R program in this state is one to be very proud of, and should make all citizens feel reassured in case of any disaster.
more answers - 06/09/11 - 10:44



  
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