Texas Task Force 2
In 2004, the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department proposed the concept of developing a regional Urban Search and Rescue
Team to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Through the efforts of a committed group of people, a Type
III - 3 team / 28 member Urban Search and Rescue Task force was formed and became operational on April 1, 2007.
The team was designed to provide an immediate response of a Type III team anywhere within the 16 counties of the
North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Additional support and direction was provided to Texas Task Force 2 by the Texas Department of Public Safety Division
of Emergency Management. The vision of the Jack Colley, Assistant Director and Chief of Emergency Management for
the State of Texas, was to have an additional US&R team capable of responding anywhere within the State of Texas. His
vision and challenge for TX-TF2 was to enhance the capability to a Type I - 70 member US&R Team. Through additional
funding provided by the State of Texas, TX-TF2 is now deployable as a Type I Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
TX-TF2 provides the unique capability of deploying both an immediate response of a Type III - 28 member US&R Task
Force anywhere in the 16 counties of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and a Type I - 70 member US&R
Task Force anywhere in the State of Texas or the States comprising FEMA Region VI.
The City of Dallas Fire-Rescue Department is the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 2 and has partnered with a
number of “participating agencies” to provide personnel resources that make up over 200 members of the Task Force.
The mission of TX-TF2 is:
“To provide a coordinated effort including the necessary personnel and equipment to locate, extricate, rescue, and
provide immediate medical treatment to victims trapped as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. We will provide
assistance to first responders at their incidents when their capabilities are exceeded. To support this mission, US&R
members shall develop and deploy effective rescue technologies that follow Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) guidelines. TX-TF2 will rapidly mobilize to assist municipal, state, and federal agencies when called upon.”