Operations - Urban Search and Rescue

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces. Structural collapse is most often the cause of victims being trapped, but they may also be trapped in transportation accidents, machinery, or collapsed trenches.

USAR is considered a "multi-hazard" discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, storms and tornadoes, floods, dam failures, terrorist activities, or hazardous material releases. The events may develop slowly, as in the case of a tornado, or suddenly, as in the case of earthquakes.

Ripon Fire District includes a designated California Office of Emergency Services (OES) "light rescue" USAR team. This USAR team participates in the San Joaquin County Joint USAR Team. The joint-team is comprised of fire and emergency service departments from throughout San Joaquin County. Through this joint-team, any type of USAR discipline necessary to handle a variety of emergency situations is readily available to the Ripon Fire District. These emergency situations include, but are not limited to, heavy rescue, trench rescue, high angle rope rescue, or water rescue.