From January 25 to 28, 2021, the MUSAR Team Savoie/Mont-Blanc carried out its national certification under the umbrella of France’s National Accreditation Process recognized by the INSARAG secretariat since 2017. In difficult cold conditions, in mountain environment, under snow and rain, this Team becomes the 3rd French team to be nationally certified. It will now be called FRA 12.

Italy supported the accreditation process sending a classifier.

Photos can be seen on the following link:

Starting in 2022, the INSARAG Secretariat has assigned a Representative to each Working Group, to provide support and assistance when needed. The table below outlines who, from the Secretariat, will be supporting each Working Group, including their contact details.

Working GroupWG Co-Chair/ChairSecretariat Representative and SupportKey Tasks
Transitional Guidelines Review Working Group​David Lewis – Australia   Martin Evers – Netherlands  martin.evers@vrh.nlWinston Chang – Geneva Changw@un.org1. Custodian for the Guidelines, Compile feedback and new suggestions;

2. Ensure Linkages of the new Revisions V2.0  to the next GRG to commence in 2023 and next revision launched in 2025.
IEC/R Working GroupAnnika Coll – Spain   Dewey Perks – USA  dperks@usaid.govStefania Trassari – Geneva   (Marie Mure (Geneva) roster planning) mure@un.org1. Review the IEC/R 2020 CV and Roster of Classifiers;

2. Propose a revised IEC/R 2022 Checklist, with pandemic response considerations.
Information Management Working GroupPeter Wolff – Germany   Jeff Maunder – New Zealand  Jeff.maunder@fireandemergency.nzJose Maria Garcia – Geneva    Lucien Jaggi – Geneva jaggi@un.org1. ICMS Training, and Operations Support;

2. Setting up the Dashboard and systems for new teams.

JM: Multi-year funding arrangements with Donor Relations, safekeeping of the licenses, and for auditing purposes.
Light Team Working GroupBrad Commens – Australia   Rob Davis – UK Trassari – Geneva trassari@un.org1. Review lessons from the first Light IEC (@Fire);

2. Recommend revisions for the IEC/R checklist, arrangements for Light Teams.
Medical Working GroupDr. Anthony Macintyre – USA  macintyr@email.gwu.eduClement Kalonga -Nairobi   clement.kalonga@un.org1. Support the review and development of technical Medical resources and guidelines /guidance documents.\;

2.  Engagements with WHO EMT
National Accreditation Working GroupChen Hong – China   Sebastian Mocarquer – Chile  smocarquer@bomberos.clHaruka Ezaki – Bangkok  Haruka.ezaki@un.org1. Recommend a revised NAP/IRNAP Manual V2.0 ( for ISG 2022 endorsement);

2. Develop the training package for the TSG/TRG
Training Working GroupTsukasa Katsube-Japan

Dewey Perks – USA

Lucien Jaggi – Geneva
1. Recommend and develop INSARAG Training Needs;

2. Review of the First Responders Program V2.0 ( for ISG 2022 endorsement);

3. Review of the UC Manual V2.0( for ISG 2022 endorsement)
Flexible Response  Working GroupPaolo Vaccari – Italy   Paul Baxter – Australia Chang – Geneva Changw@un.org1. Overall Strategic Guidance to the 3 Sub WG, and a focus on the Global Position on Flexible Response that INSARAG will take on.
Global PositionThomas Zeiter – Switzerland   Otty Rusinarsetyo – Indonesia Ezaki – Bangkok  Haruka.ezaki@un.org1. Response and Services beyond USAR – Earthquake and Collapse structures. YES or NO or Tailored to Regional needs/Team capabilities.
DACCSolveig Thorvaldsdottir – Iceland   Mark Scorer – UK/SARAID Maria Rebaza – Panama rebaza@un.org1. Development of the DACC Manual, and linkages with Clusters, UNDAC.
Response to Cultural Heritage​Jing Wang – China   Aparna Tandon – ICCROM, UNESCO  aparna.tandon1@gmail.comClement Kalonga – Nairobi  clement.kalonga@un.org1. Development of the Response to Cultural Heritage Manual/ Technical Guidance document and linkages with UNESCO.

Invitation to apply to the INSARAG USAR Coordination Course – 22 to 26 May 2023, Moscow

Recommendation from Medical WG – Medical Conference in New York 04 – 07 May 2023

Chairman’s Summary INSARAG Team Leaders and Working Groups Meeting 2023

URGENT – Notice to all USAR teams that responded to Türkiye and Syria Earthquakes

INSARAG Annual Snapshot 2022 – 2023

Call for participants – United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) Training

INSARAG New Year Teleconference Chairman’s summary

INSARAG UC Manual Draft 3.0

Emergency Response Section Annual Report 2021

INSARAG Annual Snapshot 2021

The Hybrid HNPW 2022 is coming in May!

Chairperson’s Summary of the 3rd INSARAG Global Meeting

INSARAG First Responder Training in Iraq 2021

Chairman Summary of the Meeting with the entire Flexible Response WG (FRWG), 17 September 2021

Chairman Summary INSARAG Technical Meeting of Working Groups (WG) and Team Leaders (TL), 14 September 2021


ISG Chairman’s Summary 2021

IER in EU MODEX Guidelines

Draft Joint Statement Issued by INSARAG MWG and WHO EMT

Link to the recording of the ISG

UC Course in Russia_ April 2021

Draft ToR – Flexible Response WG

MWG Covid-19 USAR Response Technical Guidance Note

Access Uncovered- Mozambique

LEADERSHIP IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION: Handbook for the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator INSARAG Calendar

INSARAG Snapshot 2020

National Accreditation FRA 12 Chambery 25-28 January 2021

INSARAG Technical After REPORT – Action Review following Beirut port explosions 4-5 November 2020

INSARAG Guidelines v2020 Launch and Technical Webinar_01 December 2020

ICCROM’s Regional Course on Cultural Heritage First Aid, Peace and Resilience in Times of Crisis

INSARAG AP Chair invites INSARAG network members to Webinars on “Enhancing Disaster Preparedness and Partnerships” 29-30 October 2020

Article on Crisis Response Journal on INSARAG Guidelines

Beirut Update and Sincere Thanks