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Disaster Technical Search Specialist

TNG11S  - 40.00 Hours


Start Date

End Date


Class Number

2/16/15 2/20/15 College Station, TX USA FP TNG11S 8 enroll  

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start,
please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or esti@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.


This course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform technical searches of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) and/or structural collapse incident scenes. A heavy focus is placed on the use of listening devices, search cameras, and GPS to locate people trapped within structural collapses.

This class includes a realistic night exercise in Disaster City®.

We make every effort to ensure consistent terminology and training within the discipline of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R), so this course mirrors the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Association (DHS/FEMA) National US&R Response System curriculum.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be issued a TEEX Certificate of Completion. Participants not able to complete all portions of this course will be issued a TEEX Certificate of Attendance.

The course is five days long, with eight hours of training each day, for a total of 40 hours.

This course qualifies as an elective requirement for the US&R Rescue Specialist Certificate program.


There are no prerequisites for this class


  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Operations
  • Navigation & GPS
  • Listening Systems
  • Visual Systems (Search Cameras)
  • Safety and Security


This course has been developed for city, state, and federal US&R responders. All emergency responders from municipal and industrial agencies tasked with utilizing technical search equipment and techniques during disasters.

Participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines/services: 

  • Fire Service (FS)
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Law Enforcement (LE)
  • Industrial customers (IND)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction - National Guard Civilian Support Teams (WMD-CST) and CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP) Teams
  • Homeland Response Forces (HRF)
  • Army and Air National Guard (ANG)
  • State Guard Forces


Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in these courses.


Prior to attending this course, participants should: 

Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in this course.

Government Programs, Certifications and Accreditations

GSA contract number:GS-07F-0357V. GSA customers, to register please contact esti@teex.tamu.edu or call (866) 878-8900.

Contact Information

Brian Smith

Phone: 979-458-5636

Other Information

Travel and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Participants should plan travel to arrive the night before classes begin. The course delivery is at Disaster City® in College Station, Texas.

Responders that will be training on the rubble pile or inside of structures at Disaster City® are required to bring the following items to the course: 

  • Helmet, must be ANSI rated Z89.1-Type 1 with headlamp
  • Steel-toe safety boots, must be ANSI Z41 PT99 M1/75 C/75
  • Eye protection, must be ANSI Z87.1
  • Work gloves (leather or extrication gloves)
  • Standard work/duty clothing including long-sleeve shirts for every day of class
  • Rain gear suitable for search and rescue operations. Class exercises are conducted rain or shine.
  • Knee pads and elbow pads
  • Hand held flashlight and extra batteries

Course Offering 

Courses are offered in two ways:

Open Enrollment

  • Open to any agency listed above.
  • These courses must have a minimum of 16 and can have a maximum of 40 participants.
  • This course typically has a broad cross section of responders from across the nation and offers an excellent ability for lessons learned from other departments. 


  • We can provide this course exclusively for a jurisdiction or region.
  • When conducting contract classes, we can provide additional tailored curriculum and field exercises based on the requirements of the contracting jurisdiction.

DHS/FEMA Information

Jurisdictions that receive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding from their State Administrative Agency (SAA) (e.g. Urban Area Security Initiatives [UASI], Strategic Highway Safety Plans [SHSP],etc.) may be able to utilize those funds to pay for TEEX/ESTI courses. States have varying processes and procedures for utilizing grant funds to take US&R training, the best resource will be your city or county administrator or comptroller of homeland security grant funding.  

Technical Assistance 

Jurisdictions requiring assistance in establishing regional search and rescue capabilities in the areas of Structural Collapse, CBRNE response, and Water Rescue are encouraged to contact the TEEX/ESTI Rescue Program.


Course cancellation policy 

If the minimum number of students required to conduct this class have not registered 24 calendar days prior to the class start date, the class will be canceled. It is imperative that agencies/individuals wishing to enroll in this course make arrangements to register and make payment prior to this deadline.

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