Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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Urban Search and Rescue National Resilience Capability Assurance

In May 2013 the National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT) visited MFRA as part of the national assurance review and audit of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability.

The purpose of the assurance process is to confirm that the statutory duties outlined in the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 and The Fire and Rescue Services (Emergencies) (England) Order 2007 in relation to National Resilience assets can be met by the FRS hosting USAR teams. The process also assists NRAT in producing an annual report which, through the National Resilience Board, will provide assurance to government that all National Resilience assets allocated for a USAR response are capable of responding to a national scale incident with the required amount of competent personnel and with equipment that is operationally fit for purpose.

The assurance process identified no areas of non-conformance against the key areas of assessment and areas of exemplar best practice.

USAR Capability Assurance Process Report of the outcomes for Merseyside FRS May 14th 2013

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