TX-TF2 serves as one of two state Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) teams in the State of Texas which provides a coordinated effort as well as the necessary personnel and equipment to locate, extricate, rescue, and provide immediate medical treatment to victims trapped as a result of a natural or man-made disaster.
Our mission is the following:
To provide a coordinated effort including the necessary personnel and equipment to locate, extricate, rescue, and provide immediate medical treatment to victims trapped as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. We will provide assistance to first responders at their incidents when their capabilities are exceeded. To support this mission, US&R members shall develop and deploy effective rescue technologies that follow Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines. TX-TF2 will rapidly mobilize to assist municipal, state, and federal agencies when called upon.
The concept of TX-TF2 was proposed in 2004 by the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Throughout the next few years, many dedicated individuals worked together to make TX-TF2 a reality, with the team officially becoming operational on April 1, 2007, as a Type-3 US&R task force.
In the following years, with the support of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), TX-TF2 received grants allowing for additional purchases of equipment and training of additional personnel to meet the requirements of a Type-II US&R task force, deployable anywhere in the State of Texas.