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Welcome to Ohio Task Force 1 - Urban Search and Rescue Team

Enjoy your visit to our web site.

OHTF-1 crews search damaged structures in Ohio in 2011

OHTF-1 crews have responded to several National and State disaster sites.

OHTF-1 Training Site

OHTF-1 maintains a fully functional training site in Dayton, Ohio. The site includes outdoor training sites and classrooms.

OHTF-1 Membership

OHTF-1 is made up of members that come from area fire departments (across the State), local businesses, and private citizens.

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Application Process

The following is a general guide to the application process for full membership with Ohio Task Force One. We are constantly striving to keep abreast on current FEMA requirements and to provide the very best personnel available. Individual tracks may vary depending on the applicant’s prior experience, needs of the Task Force, and the specific position that is being sought.

  • An Application Request Form must first be completed. Receipt of a full application packet will be based on the initial qualifications of the applicant and the needs of the Task Force. Application Request Forms may be found here online or mail-in.
  • Upon receipt of the application packet, all materials must be completed and returned to the Task Force office. Specific instructions will be given in the packet regarding prerequisite training for the position being applied for.
  • Upon review of the application packet by Task Force management and team leaders, an interview will be conducted with the potential candidate. A determination will then be made as to the candidate’s acceptance for further membership processing.
  • A comprehensive medical examination will be scheduled for the applicant. The intent of this exam is to determine a baseline of the applicant’s current state of health. This exam is not meant to exclude applicants based on preexisting conditions.
  • An initial complement of gear will then be issued to the applicant. This will include the basic uniform and personal protective equipment required for further Task Force training.
  • Access will be granted to the online OH-TF1 forum and Members area of the web site. These two resources are provided to assist applicants with scheduled training opportunities and other pertinent Task Force information.
  • The applicant must then complete all position-specific trainings required for their Task Force appointment. Some of this training is self-paced and can be completed through the Online Training page of the web site. Other trainings will be provided directly by Ohio Task Force One and FEMA based upon availability. Please note that most FEMA position-specific trainings are only offered once annually.
  • Finally, after all of the specified trainings and requirements have been meet, full Task Force membership may be granted. At this point, remaining gear and equipment will be issued, and the member may be deemed “Deployable” for Urban Search and Rescue incidents.

Click here for mail in Application Form

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