Urban Search and Rescue Standard

The ANSI/EMAP Urban Search and Rescue Standard 2-2022 by EMAP is the set of 49 standards by which US&R Resources that apply for EMAP certification are evaluated.  The Urban Search and Rescue Standard is designed as a tool for continuous improvement as part of the voluntary certification process for Urban Search and Rescue Resources.

The Urban Search and Rescue Standard covers:

  • Program Management
  • Finance
  • Membership
  • Incident Management
  • Notification and Deployment
  • Training and Exercises
  • Resource Management and Logistics

EMAP maintains a four-year cycle for the Urban Search and Rescue Standard. The three-year review cycle is designed to ensure committee and commission review of comments from the public, applicant US&R Resources, and assessors, as well as evolving industry practices. The Urban Search and Rescue Standard is reviewed and updated through the work of the EMAP Technical Committee, which makes recommendations to the EMAP Commission.  The EMAP Technical Committee consists of members from 3 Interest Categories:

1.  Public Representative: An individual that serves within a public or government emergency management or public safety program.

2.  Private Representative: An individual or entity that serves within a privately owned business directly related to or in the service of the emergency management or public safety field.

3. General Interest: The category of General Interest is comprised of members who may use EMAP policy, direction, and standards in further application of prevention and protection measures for specific populations and/or specific critical functions.

EMAP will retain allowance for using previous standards for US&R Resources that have assessment scheduled when new version of standards goes into effect.  View EMAP’s ANSI Standard Operating Procedures for more information.

Urban Search and Rescue Standard by EMAP, 2-2022

EMAP Cache List for Referencing

Position Descriptions for ANSI/EMAP Urban Search and Rescue Standard 2-2022

Urban Search and Rescue Operational Standard, 1-2022

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