FAQs

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  •   Where do we get all of the TX-TF1 members?

    • Although many of our members are firefighters with volunteer and career departments, TX-TF1 is comprised of many individuals from various professional backgrounds such as fire, police, IT support, and petroleum engineers. TX-TF1 does not pull personnel from just a single department or organization, but rather from over 60 agencies and companies throughout Texas. This unique blending of professionals from across the spectrum provides TX-TF1 with a broad array of experiences and ideas when the Task Force is asked to help those in need. 

  •   What is a Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and a Type 4 team?

    • ​TX-TF1 uses the National Incident Management System (NIMS) typing system when determining the appropriate resource for deploying the Task Force. NIMS describes a total of 4 typing systems as defined below. 

      Type 1 – A FEMA Type 1 US&R Team consists of a 70-person team capable of 24-hour operations. This team is designed to be logistically self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of operation, and can function with support for up to 14 days under remote and austere conditions. This team deploys with a Federal National US&R Response System- defined CBRNE functional Hazmat capability, to include appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. In addition, if necessary, it will also deploy with a Federal National US&R Response System-defined US&R operations in a water environment capability.

      Type 2 – A FEMA Type 2 US&R Team consists of a 70-person team capable of 24-hour operations similar to the Type 1 team, but instead of a generalized capability, has a focus on structural collapse capability. It does not have a Federal National US&R Response System-defined CBRNE functional Hazmat capability, but it does deploys with sufficient Hazmat and Personal Protective Equipment for personnel to complete the structural collapse core capability mission. In addition, it deploys with a Federal National US&R Response System-defined US&R operations in a water environment capability when necessary. 

      Type 3 – A FEMA Type 3 US&R Team consists of a 35-person team capable of 12-hour operations, with the same capabilities as the FEMA Type 2 US&R Team.

      Type 4 – A FEMA Type 4 US&R Team consists of a 22-person team capable of 12-hour operations, with the same capabilities as the FEMA Type 3 US&R Team with the exception that it does not typically deploy with a Federal National US&R Response System-defined US&R operations in a water environment capability. It is important to note that single resources may be added as needed with the approval of requesting authority. ​

  •   What does it take to be a Texas Task Force 1 member?

    • Members are chosen from applicants that meet the general requirements of the position they have applied for.  Open positions are not common, but persons that meet all of the position description requirements and who have experience in that position will be considered. In addition, the applicant must live within 3 hours of College Station, TX to be considered for a spot on the Task Force. This time constraint is due to the quick response necessary during a deployment. ​

  •   Why don’t we fight fires?

    • Although many of our members are firefighters with volunteer and career departments, the Task Force is not tasked by the state to provide that service.

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