FAQs

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  •   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. ​

  •   Can I live anywhere in the state of Texas and join TX-TF1?

    • TX-TF1 currently only accepts applications for the FEMA US&R Task Force from personnel who live within 3 hours of College Station, TX. This time constraint is due to the quick response necessary during a deployment.

      TX-TF1 accepts applications for the Region III Type III US&R Task Force from personnel who live in DPS Region III. 


  •   How do I become qualified to be a member of TX-TF1

    • ​Qualifications for every position on the task force are listed under the Join page year round. We encourage all interested personnel to look at the requirements for the position they are interested in AND the FEMA General Requirements when preparing their application. Any applicable certifications should be submitted with their application. Please note that FEMA classes are not available to personnel not currently rostered on a Task Force.

  •   How do I become a member of TX-TF1

    • Applications to become a member of TX-TF1 are open each year from July 1-September 1. Instructions on how to submit an application are posted during that time period under the "Join" tab. Please note: Applications for Engineers and Doctors are open year round. 

  •   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. 

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