INSARAG is a global network of more than 90 countries and organizations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on the INSARAG Guidelines endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 of 2002, on “Strengthening the Effectiveness and Coordination of International Urban Search and Rescue Assistance”

UC Training of Trainers (TOT) 2022 in Iceland

A USAR Coordination Training of Trainers course was successfully held from 19 to 23 September in Selfoss, Iceland, with 24 participants from 14 countries. The course provided an opportunity for participants and course management to share ideas and provide input to the development of the TWG UC training package.

IEC SARAID UK

On 22 September 2022, the UK SARAID USAR Team became 3nd Light and 61st INSARAG Classified team since 2005.

IER Armenia

The reclassification exercise of the Armenian medium urban search and rescue has been successfully completed. Congratulations!

IEC GEA Türkiye

Double Victory for Türkiye and all Volunteer Team GEA- Mother Earth-2nd Light and 60th INSARAG Classified team since 2005. CONGRATULATIONS!

IEC Tunisia

From 27th June to 30th June, INSARAG peer expert Classifiers from 5 countries carried out the Classification of Urban Search and Rescue Team of the Tunisia Civil Protection's Special Unit. On behalf of the INSARAG community, the INSARAG Secretariat congratulates Tunisia to be the 59th country for having incorporated the INSARAG methodology and for meeting the international standards set by the INSARAG guidelines. Congratulations to the Tunisia Civil Protection’s Special Unit!

SIMEX 2022 held by Swiss Government

The Swiss government was pleased to host the INSARAG Earthquake Simulation Exercise 2022 ("SIMEX22"). 13 USAR Teams from 14 countries participated: Armenian, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Nederlands, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA and Switzerland.

Chile as 5th IRNAP

On behalf of the INSARAG community, the INSARAG Secretariat congratulates the Republic of Chile to be the 5th country for having incorporated the INSARAG methodology and processes into its national USAR structures!

Cyprus as the 6th IRNAP

The 6th INSARAG Recognised National Accreditation Process (IRNAP) completed for Cyprus, with strong support from Germany, France and Singapore. Congratulations to Cyprus as the 6th IRNAP !

Women from national Colombian USAR Team

Women provide the added strength necessary to our communities and USAR teams to meet the challenges of emergency disaster response. INSARAG is delighted to share photos of some of the women who make up the national Colombian USAR team. These women are strong, flexible, and empowered team members that drive, manage, and strengthen the emergency disaster response in Colombia.

USA FairFax IER 2022

From 25 April to 1 May, INSARAG peer expert Classifiers from 7 countries carried out the Re-classification of Urban Search and Rescue Team USA 1 Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia. Congratulations to USA-01!

The INSARAG Steering Group Meeting 2022

The INSARAG Steering Group Meeting was held on Tuesday 10th May 2022 and chaired by the INSARAG Global Chair, Ambassador Manuel Bessler. We thank 187 global INSARAG family members for joining us and making it a huge success.

IEC/R Review WG Co-Chairs Visiting INSARAG NEW Premise in Geneva

INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting and Technical Working Group Meeting

The INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting and Technical Working Group Meeting were successfully held in Doha, Qatar from 7 to 11 March 2022. We would like to express our deepest appreciation for the warm hospitality provided by Qatar and the extraordinary contributions by our participants from over 40 countries.

INSARAG Annual Snapshot 2021

The Hybrid HNPW is coming in May!

INSARAG First Responder Training in Iraq 2021

INSIEME 2021: first triple IEC/R

Chairperson's Summary of the 3rd INSARAG Global Meeting

IEC Medium classification of the Far Eastern Regional Search and Rescue Team of EMERCOM of Russia (RUS – 03)

Link to recording of the ISG

UC Course in Russia (April 2021)

Flyer HNPW 2021

National Accreditation FRA 12 Chambery 25-28 January 2021

ICMS Session for AEME 21 Jan 21

AAR Beirut Port Explosions

Deployment FRA-2 Beirut


A word from our INSARAG Global Chairman

In light of the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that affects all of us, the INSARAG network will have to jointly adopt a high degree of flexibility in order to adapt to this evolutive situation. Implementing a flexible approach in facing modern humanitarian crises, as discussed during the INSARAG 2020 Steering Group meeting, would enable the network to continue providing high quality assistance in emergency preparedness and response, to the people we serve.

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Ambassador Manuel Bessler

INSARAG Chairman