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house Bill H.R. 639

Should Federal Employees Be Part of Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces?

Argument in favor

The federal government’s role in disaster response and search & rescue efforts — both of which fall under the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System’s purview — has been growing over the past 30 years. Accordingly, federal employees should be part of these task forces.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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08/28/2019
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Ann's Opinion
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04/08/2019
The federal government’s role in disaster response and search & rescue efforts — both of which fall under the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System’s purview — has been growing over the past 30 years. Accordingly, federal employees should be part of these task forces. And you need to get them to Puerto Rico now. That is a disaster area that has been neglected.
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John's Opinion
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04/08/2019
There are many behind the scenes duty’s that need to be done
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Argument opposed

States and local governments and their employees are best-positioned to respond to emergencies quickly. Federal employees can support the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces without being members of them.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/08/2019
I understand the intent of this bill but having been through numerous disasters myself, I feel strongly that the more Well trained local you can be the better. Those that live there know the area. They should call for and receive as much skilled support as they need without losing command of the situation. Whenever feds are brought in, they take over and all the local expertise goes out the window. If it’s asked for and the people are trained and up to date on their skills fine, if not stay out.
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Ian's Opinion
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04/07/2019
As a former member of one of the 28-US&R teams, I question where this proposal is going? Currently, the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams are comprised of seasoned professionals from career fire departments and other associated professionals, such as iron workers, physicians, surgeons etc. Thus, these teams are often well suited for disasters because they come from backgrounds that receive regular practical application which is needed during deployments to civilian disaster areas. This is the very same reason that the US military has had success within Civil Affairs teams. Reservists come from a variety of backgrounds that can be best utilized in dealing with the local population. Federal employees are usually restricted to other daily duties that do not involve the same types of civilian activities; trauma surgery, auto machinery extrication, regular firefighting / emergency medical activity. I do not trust Federal assets to have the same level of experienced people, on a whole. On the surface, this appears to be nothing more than an attempt to give Federal employees a piece of the pie.
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IllWill's Opinion
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04/08/2019
I’m not sure why we need a bill to clarify something that is already allowed. We already have federal employees serving on Urban Search and Rescue task forces. I think there’s a lot more important legislation that our members of Congress could be proposing. For starters, where’s that infrastructure bill to fix our crumbling roads and bridges!
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    I understand the intent of this bill but having been through numerous disasters myself, I feel strongly that the more Well trained local you can be the better. Those that live there know the area. They should call for and receive as much skilled support as they need without losing command of the situation. Whenever feds are brought in, they take over and all the local expertise goes out the window. If it’s asked for and the people are trained and up to date on their skills fine, if not stay out.
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    As a former member of one of the 28-US&R teams, I question where this proposal is going? Currently, the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams are comprised of seasoned professionals from career fire departments and other associated professionals, such as iron workers, physicians, surgeons etc. Thus, these teams are often well suited for disasters because they come from backgrounds that receive regular practical application which is needed during deployments to civilian disaster areas. This is the very same reason that the US military has had success within Civil Affairs teams. Reservists come from a variety of backgrounds that can be best utilized in dealing with the local population. Federal employees are usually restricted to other daily duties that do not involve the same types of civilian activities; trauma surgery, auto machinery extrication, regular firefighting / emergency medical activity. I do not trust Federal assets to have the same level of experienced people, on a whole. On the surface, this appears to be nothing more than an attempt to give Federal employees a piece of the pie.
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    Climate change emergency declarations haven’t done much in other countries, such as Canada, where declaring climate change to be an emergency didn’t stop Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from approving a new oil pipeline the day after the declaration. Congress should focus on advancing the diversity and security of America’s energy supply instead of toothless climate resolutions. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 8.28.19......
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    I’m not sure why we need a bill to clarify something that is already allowed. We already have federal employees serving on Urban Search and Rescue task forces. I think there’s a lot more important legislation that our members of Congress could be proposing. For starters, where’s that infrastructure bill to fix our crumbling roads and bridges!
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    I think this is another issue that is and should be handled at the local level. How would the federal employees improve the situation over how it is handled at the local level? I don’t want to Hollywood stereotype but would the situation improve if the feds came in and take over? Because I don’t think they will be getting in the boats or fighting fires or digging survivors out of buildings will they? I may be wrong...but probably not.
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    I think State and local agencies will be better able to handle these situations.
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    States and local governments and their employees are best-positioned to respond to emergencies quickly. Federal employees can support the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces without being members of them.
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    The federal government’s role in disaster response and search & rescue efforts — both of which fall under the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System’s purview — has been growing over the past 30 years. Accordingly, federal employees should be part of these task forces. And you need to get them to Puerto Rico now. That is a disaster area that has been neglected.
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    There are many behind the scenes duty’s that need to be done
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    If they are in the Urban area and want to volunteer in a rescuer that’s fine. Other than that the Fed Government just wants control Over everything. Stay out of States business.
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    No federal employee should be forced into doing anything above and beyond the position for which they were hired. Outrageous.
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    If they have the required skills, yes.
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    Yes, because we are a nation that cares.
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