SAR Medical support

Search And Rescue Medical Support Lead:  Christopher S. Anderson, EMT-P  

The Special Medical Response Team expanded to provide advanced life support for to the urban search and rescue discipline as a sponsoring agency for the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (PA-TF 1) of the National Urban Search And Rescue System - 1 of 28 federal teams across the United States.

The team is involved in the urban search and rescue discipline as a medical support team to the Region 13 Urban Search And Rescue Team (PA-ST 1) of southwestern Pennsylvania additionally.  This allows the team to deploy with PA-ST 1 to provide specialized medical providers and equipment to expand the capabilities of the PA-ST 1 medical specialists.

The team also supports the Indiana County EMA Team 900 all-hazards team locally to provide medical personnel capable of performing their advanced life support function in the austere environments.  Initially the composition was that of physicians and paramedics but has grown to include a full cadre of medical and non-medical personnel.

The newest mission of the team is to expand to assist with providing medical support to highly-focused and technical rescue personnel of organizations such as Appalachian Mountain Rescue Group and Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team.  AMRG is a wilderness search and rescue team that operates out of Pittsburgh, PA.  PA-HART is a collaboration where the Pennsylvania Army National Guard provides the military personnel and aircraft that is responsible for hoisting the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's rescue technicians into scenarios such as rescues from flooded areas, swift moving waters, and land based remote areas.  

With these missions occurring in austere, remote and possibly devastated areas, these rescue agencies may not know the level of medical care that may be available upon their arrival at a scene.  In these scenarios the team is able to respond to the site to provide advanced medical support until local EMS agencies are able to transport patients.  This relationship allows the medically trained rescue technicians to focus on their primary mission while knowing they have the support of individuals with the primary assignment of caring for victims.  Not only do our providers care for victims until care can be transferred but they focus on providing care to the responders while they are isolated from definitive care facilities when on their missions.
Search And Rescue Medical Support
  • Rescue Qualified Component
    • Physicians
    • Paramedics
    • EMTs
    • Logistics
  • Support Component
    • Physicians 
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Registered Nurse 
    • Paramedics
    • EMTs
    • Logistics
    • Administrative

Rescue Qualified Component Training - Varies but includes:
  • Confined Space Operations and Technician
  • Firefighter I and II
  • Hazardous Materials Operations, Technician, and Specialist
  • Rope Rescue Operations and Technician
  • Structure Collapse Operations and Technician
  • Trench Rescue Operations and Technician
  • Urban Search And Rescue Medical Specialist
  • Urban Search And Rescue Medical Team Manager
  • WMD Enhance Operations