US&R – this rig is commonly called a U-SAR which is short for Urban Search and Rescue. Think of it as a giant toolbox for rescue purposes. These apparatus are critical assets during an earthquake, a train or aircraft accident, or in any situation where people may be trapped. Common uses are for rescue work in trench collapses and significant traffic accidents. A US&R is essentially a huge toolbox operated by “US&R Certified” firefighters. The US&R mission is in alignment with FEMA’s rescue initiatives as well. Every week, firefighters examine and refit these specialty rigs, which also require firefighters to earn special certifications to be assigned to. The example shown is used by the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department.