Since 1998 Southwest Florida Urban Search and Rescue-Task Force 6 has been serving the national community in times of need. The team is designed to respond to a cariety of disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, technological accidents, terroist activities, hazardous materials releases, as well as trapped, lost, or injured victims or large animals.
Designated by the State of Florida as Florida Task Force 6, SWF USAR is available to respond to search and rescue emergencies regionally and throughout the state. The 85-member task force is composed of firefighters, paramedics, and specialists from the Bonita Springs, Estero, San Carlos Park, South Trail, Iona McGregor, North Collier, and the Fort Myers Beach fire districts, and the Lee County Division of Public Safety. Task force members also include volunteer specialists in structural engineering, emergency medicine, and canine search.