The primary intention of the INSARAG External Classification  (IEC) system is to provide better understanding of the individual abilities of USAR teams making themselves available for international assistance. Having teams classified according to a standard will enable disaster affected countries to prioritise acceptance of international response support from USAR Teams who can add proven value to their national capacity. The IEC is an independent, verifiable, voluntary process that has received unanimous acceptance through the INSARAG.

The USAR teams that are IEC classified since 2005 are listed below (with their classification level):

Year IEC and IER Teams Country RG Level
1 2005 Central Rescue Services of Budapest (CRSB) HUN AEME Heavy
2 2006 UK ISAR GBR AEME Heavy
3 2007 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
4 2007 USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 USA Americas Heavy
5 2007 USAR.NL NLD AEME Heavy
6 2007 Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) GER AEME Heavy
7 2007 ISAR Germany GER AEME Medium
8 2008 Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team SGP AP Heavy
  2008 Swedish International Fast Response Team (SWIFT) SWE AEME Heavy
9 2008 Swiss Rescue CH AEME Heavy
10 2008 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service TF#1 AUS AP Heavy
  2008 Norwegian Search and Rescue Team NOR AEME Medium
11 2009 USAR Poland POL AEME Heavy
12 2009 Icelandic International USAR Team (ICE-SAR) ICE AEME Medium
13 2009 China International Search and Rescue (CISAR) PRC AP Heavy
14 2009 Abu Dhabi Police USAR Team UAE AEME Medium
2R 2009 UK ISAR GBR AEME Heavy
15 2010 Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR) JPN AP Heavy
16 2010 Danish Search and Rescue Team (DEMA) DNK AEME Heavy
17 2010 Belgium First Aid and Support Team (B-Fast) BEL AEME Medium
18 2010 Czech Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR CZ) CZE AEME Heavy
19 2010 Pompiers de l’Urgence Internationale (PUI) FRA AEME Medium
20 2011 Lithuanian Emergency Response Team (LERT) LTU AEME Medium
21 2011 Search and Rescue Unit Vorarlberg (SARUV) AUT AEME Medium
22 2011 Central Airmobile Rescue Team of EMERCOM of Russia RUS AEME Heavy
23 2011 AKUT Search and Rescue Association TUR AEME Medium
24 2011 Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) KOR AP Heavy
25 2011 Emergencia Respuesta Immediata Comunidad de Madrid (ERICAM) ESP AEME Medium
26 2011 Unidad Militar de Emergencias USAR (SP USAR UME) ESP AEME Medium
3R 2011 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
5R 2011 USAR.NL NLD AEME Heavy
27 2012 Sultanate of Oman National Search & Rescue Team OMN AEME Medium
28 2012 FinnRescue (FRF) FIN AEME Heavy
29 2012 New South Wales Task Force (NSWTF/1) AUS AP Heavy
30 2012 Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) AUT AEME Heavy
31 2012 Hungarian National Integrated Organisation for Rescue Services (HUSZAR) HUN AEME Medium
32 2012 Istanbul AFAD USAR Team (TURKUSAR) TUR AEME Heavy
4R 2012 USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 USA Americas Heavy
1R 2012 Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services (HUNOR) HUN AEME Heavy
6R 2012 Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) GER AEME Heavy
7R 2012 ISAR Germany GER AEME Medium
33 2013 Jordanian SAR Team (JSAR) JOR AEME Heavy
34 2013 Republican Special Response Team BLR AEME Heavy
8R 2013 Operation Lionheart Contingent SGP AP Heavy
  2013 Swedish International Fast Response Team (SWIFT) (Reclassification) SWE AEME Heavy
9R 2013 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service TF#1 AUS AP Heavy
10R 2013 UAE USAR (Medium to Heavy) UAE AEME Heavy
35 2014 Military Units of French Civil Protection HUSAR (UIISC 1) FRA AEME Heavy
36 2014 Military Units of French Civil Protection HUSAR (UIISC 7) FRA AEME Heavy
37 2014 RO USAR ROM AEME Medium
38 2014 Mobile Rescue Center of Ukraine UKR AEME Heavy
39 2014 Morocco USAR Team MOR AEME Heavy
11R 2014 Swiss Rescue CH AEME Heavy
12R 2014 USAR Poland POL AEME Heavy
13R 2014 Icelandic International USAR Team (ICE-SAR) ICE AEME Medium
14R 2014 China International Search and Rescue (CISAR) PRC AP Heavy
40 2015 New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue NZ AP Heavy
41 2015 Saudi Search and Rescue Team (SASART) Saudi AEME Heavy
42 2015 ARMENIA URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM (AMUSAR) ARM AEME Medium
43 2015 Estonian Disaster Relief Team (EDRT) EST AEME Medium
44 2015 Qatar Search and Rescue Team (QSART) QAT AEME Heavy
15R 2015 Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR) JPN AP Heavy
16R 2015 Danish Search and Rescue Team (DEMA) DNK AEME Heavy
17R 2015 Belgium First Aid and Support Team (B-Fast) BEL AEME Medium
18R 2015 Czech Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR CZ) CZE AEME Heavy
19R 2015 Pompiers de l’Urgence Internationale (PUI) FRA AEME Medium
45 2016 Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) MAL AP Heavy
46 2016 Siberian Regional USAR RUS AEME Medium
20R 2016 Unidad Militar de Emergencias USAR (SP USAR UME) ESP AEME Medium
21R 2016 Emergencia Respuesta Immediata Comunidad de Madrid (ERICAM) ESP AEME Medium
22R 2016 Search and Rescue Unit Vorarlberg (SARUV) AUT AEME Medium
23R 2016 Central Airmobile Rescue Team of EMERCOM of Russia RUS AEME Heavy
24R 2016 Lithuanian Emergency Response Team (LERT) LTU AEME Medium
25R 2016 Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) KOR AP Heavy
1R2 2016 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
2R2 2016 UK ISAR GBR AEME Heavy
47 2017 USAR-SOUTH AFRICA SA AEME Medium
48 2017 AFAD-2 Ankara USAR Team TUR AEME Heavy
26R 2017 USAR AFAD-1 TUR AEME Heavy
3R2 2017 USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 USA Americas Heavy
4R2 2017 ISAR Germany GER AEME Medium
5R2 2017 USAR.NL NDL AEME Heavy
6R2 2017 Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) GER AEME Heavy
1R2 2017 Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services (HUNOR) HUN AEME Heavy
27R 2017 Hungarian National Integrated Organisation for Rescue Services (HUSZAR) HUN AEME Medium
28R 2017 New South Wales Task Force 2 (AUS-2) AUS AP Heavy
29R 2017 Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) AUT AEME Heavy
49 2017 H-USAR, Algeria ALG AEME Heavy
50 2017 Bomberos de Chile CHL Americas Medium
30R 2017 Sultanate of Oman National Search & Rescue Team OMN AEME Medium
31R 2018 FinnRescue Team FIN AEME Heavy
51 2018 SNGRD Team Colombia COL Americas Medium
32R 2018 AKUT Search and Rescue Association TUR AEME Medium
33R 2018 RSR Republican Special Response Belarus BLR AEME Heavy
7R2 2018 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service TF#1 AUS AP Heavy
8R2 2018 Operation Lionheart Contingent SGP AP Heavy
34R 2018 Jordanian SAR Team (JSAR) JOR AEME Heavy
52 2018 USAR Italy ITA-1 ITA AEME Heavy
53 2018 ISRAEL National Search and Rescue Unit (NRU) ISR AEME Heravy
9R2 2019 USAR.NL NLD AEME Heavy
10R2 2019 Abu Dhabi Police USAR Team UAE AEME Heavy
  35R 2019 Military Units of French Civil Protection HUSAR (UIISC 1) FRA AEME Heavy
  36R 2019 Military Units of French Civil Protection HUSAR (UIISC 7) FRA AEME Heavy
11R2 2019 USAR Poland POL AEME Heavy
37R 2019 RO USAR ROM AEME Medium
38R 2019 Mobile Rescue Center of Ukraine UKR AEME Heavy
54 2019 China International Search and Rescue (CSAR) PRC Asia-Pacific Heravy
12R2 2019 China International Search and Rescue (CISAR) PRC Asia-Pacific Heavy
55 2019 Pakistan Rescue Team PAK Asia-Pacific Medium
56 2019 INA SAR INA Asia-Pacific Medium
57 2021 EMERCOM (RUS-03) RUS AEME Medium
13R2 2021 Pompiers de l’Urgence Internationale (PUI) FRA AEME Medium
14R2 2021 Swiss Rescue CH AEME Heavy
58 2021 @fire Germany GER AEME Light
1R3 2022 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
59 2022 Tunisia Civil Protection USAR Team TUN AEME Medium
60 2022 GEA USAR Team TUR AEME Light
39R 2022 Armenia Urban Search and Rescue Team (AMUSAR) ARM AEME Medium
61 2022 SARAID USAR Team UK AEME Light

Introduction
During the INSARAG Steering Group (ISG) Meeting 2018, a key decision was made for the INSARAG Guidelines Review Group (GRG) 2020, as part of its Terms of Reference (TOR) to develop the Technical Reference Library (TRL) and update the Guidance Notes. The Technical Reference Library is a knowledge repository for the best practices that have been shared by the respective national Operational Focal Point (FP) and the respective INSARAG Working Group (WG) while Guidance Notes would capture INSARAG endorsed documents which are binding, such as the guidelines annexes, IEC/IER & INAP/IRNAP Checklists and USAR Coordination Cell (UC) manual. For more information on the TRL and Guidance Notes, refer to the following link.  For more information on the document upload workflow and review process, refer to the following link.

Document Submission
To upload a document, submit the filled “Document Submission Form” under the following link to the INSARAG Secretariat via insarag@un.org. Uploaders are to ensure that the document has met the criteria set under the “Document Upload Workflow and Review Process” file.
 
Disclaimer
Materials under the TRL are not endorsed by the INSARAG and should be viewed as reference material on the adopted practices/technology by other Classified teams.

 
 

Introduction

During the INSARAG Steering Group (ISG) Meeting 2018, a key decision was made for the INSARAG Guidelines Review Group (GRG) to develop the Technical Reference Library (TRL) and update the Guidance Notes. The Guidance Notes would capture INSARAG endorsed documents that are binding, such as the IEC/R checklists, annexes of the guidelines, forms and INSARAG-endorsed manuals and guides.

For more information on the TRL and Guidance Notes, please refer to the following link.

For more information on the INSARAG Guidelines, please refer to the following link.

Document Submission

To upload a document, submit the document and details of the document, using the document submission form and email to the INSARAG Secretariat via insarag@un.org. For more information on the upload process and workflow, please refer to the following link.

The XVIII Meeting of the INSARAG Regional Group in the Americas and the VI UNDAC Regional Consultation meeting were held jointly from 12-14 November 2019 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting was hosted by the Government of Argentina through the White Helmets Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, in its capacity as INSARAG Regional Chair and organized jointly with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in its capacity as INSARAG Secretariat.

The meeting was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic, Ambassador Jorge Marcelo Faurie in the Palacio San Martin. The Minister underlined his country’s commitment to INSARAG and multilateralism under the coordination of the United Nations, inviting participants to take advantage of the forum of the meeting to promote and improve the work carried out jointly. Ambassador Alejandro Daneri, President of the White Helmets Commission and INSARAG Regional Chair in 2019, Mr. Carlos Passarelli, United Nations Resident Coordinator ad interim and Mr. Dario Alvarez, representative of the OCHA Regional Office also gave welcoming speeches.

A total of 49 participants from 16 countries, as well from the Organization of American Firefighters (OBA in Spanish) and OCHA gathered in the meeting. Countries and organizations were represented by their INSARAG and/or UNDAC focal points.

Unlike previous years, it was this time to fully integrate the UNDAC and INSARAG agenda into one meeting, with the intention of promoting the identification of synergies and increasing the level of awareness of both networks by all participants.

Below is a link to the summary of the meeting. All presentations as well as meeting documents can be found on the meeting website of the Virtual OSOCC (https://vosocc.unocha.org/rss/6482w_INSARAGUNDACArgentina2019.html)

 

Chairman Summary

 

Team leaders meeting in Santiago, Chile, with 39 countries, 5 organisations and 200 participants. 

INSARAG: 30 Years Of Urban Search and Rescue

On 6 October 2021 Poland virtually hosted the 3rd INSARAG Global Meeting. The network of policy and technical experts discussed and deliberated on new ways of delivering value-added life-saving assistance, aiming to be fit for the future.

The event provided an opportunity for USAR teams from all over the world to share their expertise and to learn from best practices across the regions striving for a global approach. During the 3rd IGM, the Warsaw Declaration was approved and launched. The theme of the meeting was “Strengthen Quality, Predictability, Speed and Flexibility in Support of National and Local Capacities.”

In 2021, INSARAG is celebrating 30 years of life-saving assistance. The Global Meeting offered a unique opportunity to celebrate the anniversary and launch a series of products  to commemorate INSARAG’s birthday, all of them are available here:

IGM Portal is now available at this link. It is a dedicated website designed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for all of the information related to the 3rd IGM. You can find more information on this link.

3rd IGM 2021 Statistics

• 1-month remote event

• 778 participants in the 5 network meetings

• 1 Global Meeting – Over 350 participants from 150 Member States and organizations
Endorsement of the Warsaw Declaration
Launch of the INSARAG Exposure Story
Launch of This is INSARAG

• 3 Regional Meetings
Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting – 105 participants
Africa-Europe-Middle East Regional Meeting – 100 participants
Americas Regional Meeting – 83 participants

• 1 Technical Working Group and Team Leaders Meeting – 140 participants

• 1 Virtual Exhibition Area
26 virtual exhibition stands established
5 live sessions

• 1 Canvas Sheet
85 photos
55 quotes
4 videos

• 6 Technical Discussion Forums

Endorsed IGM Warsaw Declaration

3rd INSARAG Global Meeting
06 October 21 (13:00-16:00)Recording of the meeting at these links:
– English
– Spanish
Chairman Summary at this link
INSARAG Asia Pacific (AP) Regional Meeting1 September 21 (03:00-06:00)Chairman Summary at this link
INSARAG Africa-Europe-Middle East (AEME) Regional Meeting3 September 21 (08:00-11:00)Recording of the meeting at this link
Technical Meeting of Working Groups and Team Leaders14 September 21 (12:00-14:00)Recording of the meeting at this linkChairman Summary at this link
INSARAG & UNDAC Americas Regional Meeting14 September 21 (19:00-22:00)

Key documents can be consulted here:

IGM Final List of Participants

IGM Programme 2021 

INSARAG-Strategic-Plan-2021-2026_Endorsed-27-Jan-21

On behalf of the German Development Ministry THW is supporting the Iraq Government in the implementation of the INSARAG First responder Training in Iraq. The first two training sessions with 42 master trainers from both regions of Iraq happened in July and August 2019 in the THW USAR training base Wesel. In the following months the local authorities will start to build up training centers and arrange all admin and procurement work for the next part of the project:  The trainers from THW will do another ToT in March 2020 in Erbil (Northern Iraq) and support the Iraqi trainer colleagues in their first own local training as supervisors in April 2020 in Northern Iraq.

 

 FRT IRQ4 

FRT IRQ3

 

 

 

In its annual meeting of 2019, the Regional Group defined the following priorities for 2020:

  • – Contribute to the definition of INSARAG global strategies and priorities
  • – Strengthen the IRNAP process
  • – Strengthen USAR coordination capacities in the region
  • – Strengthen partnerships with “sister” response networks and other partners to increase the efficiency of emergency preparedness and response

These priorities were presented by the Regional Chair to the INSARAG Steering Group in February 2020 and received full endorsement. Since then, all regions across the world have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has a dramatic impact in all aspects of life, at social and economic level, and has further aggravated the situation of vulnerable populations and those in need of humanitarian assistance.

The INSARAG network is adapting to the new reality. In the regional context of the Americas and the Caribbean, the Regional chairmanship group under the leadership of Colombia as Regional Chair is coordinating the required adaptations. On the one hand, all teams are encouraged inasmuch as possible to prepare for a potential response in a Covid-19 environment[1]; and on the other hand, alternative ways are being sought to implement activities of the regional work plan. 

Here is the adapted road map (English, Spanish)  for each of the objectives for the year 2020 in the region.

 

 

 

In its face-to-face meeting on 9 February 2018, the Regional Chairmanship Group elaborated the Regional Workplan 2018 (English ,Spanish ), based on the inputs received by the Regional Group in its meeting in 2017. We encourage you to send your comments, contributions and reports on progress to the Chair and the Secretariat.

The Chairmanship Group hopes to count on the participation of all countries of the Regional Group to achieve the objectives of the region.

KEY DATES 

15-16 May – INSARAG Earthquake Response Exercise Planning and Coordination Course, Buenos Aires, Argentina

23-28 September – INSARAG Methodology Course, San José, Costa Rica

8-12 October – Regional Earthquake Response Exercise, Salta, Argentina

5-6 November – Regional Group Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico

2018 Work Plan