Urban Search & Rescue Training

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Urban Search & Rescue Training

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What is Urban Search and Rescue Training?

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has partnered with in-state Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) resources to offer a series of training classes that will help prepare emergency responders to locate victims and manage recovery operations during a disaster event.

Students who enroll will:

  • Train in a world class facility at HACC’s Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus
  • Follow curriculum that is exacted from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) course curriculum
  • Learn from DHS/FEMA qualified instructors from PA-TF1 as well as other qualified US&R system instructors from around the country
  • Earn federal equivalency for qualifying personnel through the US&R Program Office once the course is completed and submitted for approval.
  • Take advantage of blended format class delivery that includes a computer based training (CBT) component that students will need to complete attending the practical component of these classes.


What classes are available?

Section #




Technical Search Specialist - Additional Information

Dec. 8-10, 2017


Medical Specialist

Jan. 22-26, 2018


Safety Officer - Additional Information

March 5-7, 2018


Structural Collapse Technician - Additional Information

April 6-8, 27-29, May 4-6, 2018


Planning Team Manager

July 2018 dates to be determined


Task Force Leader

Sept. 17-21, 2018

Where are the classes located?

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110



How can I receive more information on these US&R programs at HACC?