HARRISBURG – Legislation to create a western Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue task force was approved unanimously by the Senate today, according to Sens. Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Jay Costa (D-43).
Senate Bill 792 would establish a western Pennsylvania-based Urban Search and Rescue task force to supplement Task Force One – located in the southeastern part of the commonwealth. It is a team of individuals comprised of firefighters, engineers, medical professionals, canine handlers and emergency managers that have specialized training and equipment to provide emergency response capabilities during disasters.
“With the size and population of the Pittsburgh region, it is necessary that the first responders in this area are properly supported and equipped to respond to disasters,” Robinson said. “Sen. Costa and I worked together to co-sponsor this important legislation to ensure our constituents and all Pennsylvania residents have the safety and protection they need and deserve.”
“I am delighted that this bipartisan legislation to create a western Pennsylvania-based Urban Search and Rescue task force has passed the Senate. The people of Allegheny County and the western side of the commonwealth deserve the peace of mind that help is available when disasters strike,” Costa said. “I look forward to getting this bill through the House of Representatives and ultimately to the governor’s desk for his signature.”
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.