New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) has been activated as part of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System to deploy to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Ida.
NJ-TF1 is deploying as a Type 3 US&R Team consisting of 45 team members, in 35 technically skilled positions, and 10 ground support personnel. The team will have a full cache of equipment allowing them to be prepared for every type of situation.
NJ-TF1 is deploying to a staging area in the Gulf Coast Region. This will be the team’s ninth deployment as a FEMA US&R Team since 2016.
The team has past experience in working in all types of situations, including structural collapse from 9/11, Tropicana Hotel parking garage collapse, multiple hurricanes, Hackensack parking garage collapse and Champlain Towers collapse.