Welcome to Arizona Task Force 1
National Urban Search & Rescue Response System
Arizona Task Force 1 is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) task forces in the United States. AZ-TF1 team is based in Phoenix, Arizona and both sponsored and managed by The Phoenix Fire Department Special Operations Section. AZ-TF1 remains in a constant state of readiness for rapid deployment as a Type I or modular US&R resource with competencies in; swift water rescue, technical rescue, structural collapse and heavy rescue, hazardous materials detection, emergency paramedicine, canine live find, and human remains detection.
It is the mission of Arizona Task Force 1 to maintain preparedness for an activation and response to urban search and rescue environments on both a local and national level. To successfully fulfill this mission, AZ-TF1 will continuously build those capabilities necessary to effectively plan, prepare, respond, and perform in those communities overwhelmed by the impact of a large-scale incident.