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Urban Search and Rescue training scheduled at former Cabarrus detention center


The former Cabarrus County detention center (behind the Cabarrus County Courthouse) will soon be demolished and renovated, but the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety will have a unique training opportunity before the demo teams move in.
On Friday, April 27 and Monday, April 30, members of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team will use the facility for special training.
In order to support the training, on-street parking will not be available on Means Avenue between Church Street and Union Street. In addition, the right lane of Church Street used to turn right on Corban Avenue will be closed. Traffic will be able to turn in both directions in the remaining lane, which is normally used to turn left. These closures are scheduled for Friday, April 27 and Monday, April 30 from about 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on both days.
Concord’s USAR team is composed of firefighters stationed at Station 3, located at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard. Team members work normal 24-hour fire shifts with the engine and rescue companies based at the station, and come together as a specialized unit during certain situations.
USAR is considered a "multi-hazard" discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, such as:
  • earthquakes
  • hurricanes
  • thunderstorms
  • tornadoes
  • floods
  • terrorist activities
  • hazardous materials releases
Events requiring Urban Search and Rescue may be slow in developing, as in the case of hurricanes, or sudden, as in the case of earthquakes.
USAR team members are trained to locate, provide initial medical stabilization, and rescue victims that are trapped in confined spaces. Structural collapse is the most frequent cause of victims being trapped, but victims may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines, and collapsed trenches.
The upcoming training at the former detention center will be unique and beneficial to team members. The building’s reinforced concrete structure will add physically and mentally demanding elements to the training scenarios, which include locating victims trapped by debris, provide medical stabilization, and removing victims to a safe area.
For more information about Concord Fire and Life Safety’s Urban Search and Rescue team, contact Deputy Chief Ray Allen at 704-920-5536 or

USAR3 contains all the equipment the team needs to respond to urban search and rescue operation.