USAR Teams are located in the following states. Several states have more than one team, (i.e. California has 8).
Washington State has one of these 28 teams - WATF-1, (Washington Task Force 1). This is a regional team, established in 1991, comprised of 25 different agencies broken into three primary groups - Pierce County, King County, and Seattle Fire Department. King County has 11 Fire Departments within it's contingent. Mercer Island has six firefighters from it's organization, who are members of this team.
A USAR team deploys with 70 personnel with specialities divided into 4 major functional groups: Search; Rescue; Technical; and Medical. In addition to the team members, each Task Force deploys with over 58,000 pounds of equipment. WATF-1 is typically deployed from McChord AFB aboard a C-141 transport aircraft. The US Air Force and National Guard support the mission of the USAR teams by providing air transportation. WATF-1 has over 200 members on the team. These 200 members are assigned to a shift on a quarterly rotation. They are assigned to deploy based on this shift assignement.
Mercer Island Firefighters who are part of this technical rescue team include:
Other King County Fire Departments who are members of the King County team include:
Federal Way Fire, Auburn Fire, KCFD #26 (Des Moines), Bellevue Fire, Shoreline Fire, Woodinville Fire & Life Safety, Renton Fire, Tukwila Fire, Redmond Fire, and Kent Fire.