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Subject: Emergency Management- -Urban Search and Rescue Team

WHEREAS, the Office of Emergency Management was created by Section 2.10.010 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, and placed under the management and control of the Mayor; and

WHEREAS, the Office is charged with responsibilities of establishing, coordinating and directing a comprehensive emergency management program (M.C.L. Section 2.10.010); and

WHEREAS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed national standards for the development of Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR Teams) and a national USAR response system; and

WHEREAS, USAR Teams are specialized teams designed and trained in emergency response activities related to building collapses, rescues from confined and/or limited access spaces such as tanks, sewer lines, high rises, and caves, and rescues using ropes and heavy equipment; and

WHEREAS, a USAR Team and participation in a national USAR response system will provide a service vital to the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County;

NOW, THEREFORE, I Philip Bredesen, Mayor of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Count by virtue of the power and authority vested in me, do hereby direct and order the following:

I.   The director of the Office of Emergency Management shall establish and coordinate an Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR Team), utilizing to the extent possible the Metropolitan Government's existing personnel and equipment resources. The Urban Search and Rescue Team shall be established and operated in accordance with the federal standards. Qualification as part of, and participation in, the national USAR response system shall be sought.

II.   Public Works, Police, Fire, Water and Sewerage, General Services, and any other department of the Metropolitan Government so requested by the office of Emergency Management, are hereby directed to cooperate with and assist in the establishment and operation of the USAR Team, and/or to participate as of the USAR Team.

Ordered this 17th day of July 1995

Philip Bredesen