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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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Why Join OH-TF1

Joining Ohio Task Force One is a commitment to both you and to our national emergency response capability. Members of this team are considered to be the “best of the best” in their respective fields. With this comes pride, respect, and a specialized knowledge not obtainable in any other arena. Below are what we feel to be the top reasons to become a member of this elite team.

Training
Effectiveness in structural collapse rescue requires many other supporting disciplines. Among these include high-angle rope use, confined space entry, vehicle/machinery extraction, trench rescue, and hazardous materials response. Team members are trained in all of these technical rescue fields, and bring this knowledge back to their local agencies.

Tools
Ohio Task Force One’s equipment cache contains over 27,000 pieces of specialized search and rescue equipment. This includes heavy breaching and breaking tools, sensitive search equipment, communications gear, and detection monitors for hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. No where else can one get this much hands-on time.

Networking
Members of Ohio Task Force One come from over fifty supporting agencies throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These professional bring with them the knowledge and experiences of their particular department and specialized field. National trainings and deployments afford members the opportunity to share their knowledge, experiences, and techniques across the country.

Experience
Whether it be the attacks of September 11th or the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Ohio Task Force One has been there through the worst. With this comes a level of emergency response experience obtainable no where else. Team members observe first-hand how all of the pieces fit into a national response effort, and are better able to manage and command local emergencies.

Pride
This team, and the national US&R system, is truly comprised of the very best response professionals. Being counted among these ranks is not an easy endeavor, but is one that will bring with it the utmost pride and respect.

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