NJ State Police/NJ Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team

Rutgers Center for Government Services, in partnership with New Jersey State Police/New Jersey Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team, announces employment opportunities for certified instructors in Trench Rescue Operations I & II and Introduction to Command and Control of Collapse Rescue Incidents.

Course Descriptions



This 14 course prepares state and local response personnel and other responsible agencies and professionals to handle mass fatalities effectively and to work with the survivors in an emergency or disaster.  This course covers incident management; mass fatalities; planning before and operations during an incident; establishing the morgue; family assistance support operations; and assistance from the Federal government. The course concludes with a tabletop exercise.  Participants will learn to identify the characteristics of a mass fatality incident and identify the roles and responsibilities of key personnel in the incident. In addition, the instructor will describe the steps required to respond to a mass fatalities incident, including catastrophic numbers of fatalities and contaminated remains, and help participants determine their jurisdiction’s preparedness for a mass fatalities event.


This course trains personnel in the most current techniques of boating and water safety. The course will have rescuers become familiar with the proper procedures used in basic water safety and safe boat handling, demonstrate a proficiency in water rescue, and provide a competency in dealing with on the water emergencies.


40 hours
This course is designed to provide the student with the capabilities to assess special needs and conduct special operations in and around a trench collapse.  Students will have the ability to evaluate, manage, and perform a Trench Rescue in accordance with NFPA 1006.  This course follows all aspects of OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P Excavations.


18 hours
this course is designed to be an introduction and guide to Command and Control of Collapse Rescue Incidents for Fire and Emergency Service First Responders. The student will be provided with a basis to successfully manage a collapse rescue incident through the utilization of proven and commonly used strategies and tactics. The student will gain a basic understanding of the Command Positions and Responsibilities, Structural Classifications, Urban Search and Rescue Resources, the Phases of a Collapse Rescue Incident, Incident Action Planning, Command Level Operational Checklists, Task Level Operational Checklists, Ongoing Operational Concerns, and Common Hazards and Avoidance Strategies. These prior topics, classroom discussion, related handouts, and participation in tabletop exercises will provide the student with a framework upon which to construct a successful and controlled response to a Collapse Rescue Incident.


This course is designed to provide participants with the operational knowledge, skills and abilities to perform rescue at structural collapse scenes due to natural disasters or human forces. 


40 hours

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform rescue at structural collapse scenes due to natural disasters or human forces. This course differs from the Collapse Rescue Operations as it provides increased time to perform more in-depth skill sets as required by the FEMA US&R curriculum.


40 hours
This course is designed to provide emergency responders with the ability to successfully perform the proper techniques and skills at Awareness and Operation Levels while operating in confined space environments within the guidelines of PEOSHA/OSHA’s regulations and NFPA Standards. The Rope and Rigging section is designed so emergency responders can understand the proper techniques in using specialized rope and rigging equipment to conduct a confined space rescue. Emergency responders are trained in proper knots, hauling/lowering systems, safety belays systems, and rescue duties.

Instructor Requirements

Individuals interested in applying as an instructor for the courses listed above must complete the appropriate documents in the "Downloads" box to the right.

Submission Instructions

Please submit résumé and all supporting documentation as detailed above in "Instructor Requirements" via one of the following delivery systems:

Postal Mail/Delivery Service

NJ Task Force One Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Center for Government Services
303 George Street, Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020

Electronic Mail




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  • Instructor Requirements: Training & Exercise Unit

  • Instructor Requirements: Water Rescue Awareness

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  • Instructor Requirements: Trench Rescue Operations I & II

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  • Instructor Requirements: Command and Control of Collapse Incidents

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  • Instructor Requirements: Structural Collapse Operations I and II

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  • Instructor Requirements: Confined Space/Rope and Rigging

Contact Information

Maria Chigirovich
Program Assistant
732-932-3640, ext. 648