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If there is a major incident – natural or man made – people can become lost and trapped. This is where the USAR team comes into play. They specialise in finding and freeing people from buildings that have collapsed, getting them to safety.
Essentially the same, though this team is trained to work overseas, providing support in circumstances such as the Nepal earthquake in 2015.
These teams have a range of specialist equipment to find lost or trapped people, including:
Once the search team has pinpointed the lost person, they have a range of tools at hand to make the area safe and work to complete a rescue. Every rescue is different, but might including shoring up fallen masonry, cutting through debris to help people to safety, or using heavy lifting equipment to create exit routes.