FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Incident Support Team (IST) in Federal Disaster Operations: Operations Manual [open pdf - 513KB]
This document is a level 2 SOP or operations manual: a complete reference document detailing the procedures for performing a single function (Standard Operating Procedure), or a number of interdependent functions (Ops Manual). This Operations Manual has been prepared to guide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel perform Federal disaster response operations during major disasters or emergencies. The National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Incident Support Team (IST) provides a group of highly qualified specialists readily available for rapid assembly and deployment to a disaster area. The IST furnishes Federal, State, and local officials with technical assistance in acquiring and using US&R resources. It provides advice, incident command assistance, management and coordination of US&R task forces, and US&R logistics support. The IST methods of operation, organization, position descriptions, qualifications, operational checklists, equipment, rostering guidelines, and preparedness activities are described in this document.