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FEMA IS 809: Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9 – Search and Rescue Answers

 Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) is responsible for coordinating on-land Federal SAR activities in the 48 contiguous United States, Mexico, and Canada.
A. True
B. False

2. Each task force has five main components, including:
A. Strategic
B. Logistical
C. Administrative
D. Financial

3. The Civil Air Patrol conducts approximately 95 percent of all aerial search activity in the inland area of the United States.
A. True
B. False

4. A sudden dam failure has flooded a community, trapping many residents on rooftops. Which agency is responsible for performing search and rescue operations?
A. U.S. Air Force
B. U.S. Coast Guard
C. U.S. Forest Service
D. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

5. Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9 – Search and Rescue are National Guard assets that provide specialized search and rescue operations.
A. True
B. False

6. Which of the following activities is NOT coordinated by ESF #9?
A. Monitoring distress alerts
B. Evacuating hospital patients to safe facilities
C. Extricating or evacuating victims
D. Coordinating rescue efforts

7. The National Urban Search and Rescue Response System organizes local emergency personnel into:
A. Integrated disaster response task forces deployed in times of catastrophic structural collapse.
B. Strike teams with rescue swimmers, emergency medical technicians, and first responders.
C. Squadrons who conduct aerial searches of inland areas for lost or downed aircraft.
D. Trained teams that perform complex technical rescues in high altitude, mountainous environments.

8. Which agency serves as the ESF #9 coordinator?
A. Department of the Interior
B. Department of Defense
C. U.S. Coast Guard
D. Federal Emergency Management Agency

9. Which agency supports ESF #9 by providing test-bed facilities for proof-of-concept and testing of new search and rescue technologies?
A. Department of Commerce
B. Department of Defense
C. Small Business Administration
D. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

10. The National Park Service (NPS) is the inland subject-matter expert and has hundreds of rangers trained in search and rescue operations, from cliff rescues to helicopter evacuations.
A. True
B. False