Training requirements are intensive, to say the least. In addition to being an emergency medical technician, each task force member must complete hundreds of hours of training. Specialties such as K-9 search, rescue, and rigging carry their own training requirements.
Training to perform Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) is hazardous and should only be undertaken by competent individuals under the supervision of instructors skilled in the various functional disciplines involved. FEMA does not certify training delivered outside the direct control of the agency.