State Rep. Mike McCready today announced that a portion of the Michigan State Police (MSP) budget will be designated to the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force.
Offering regional resources to communities in Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Monroe and Wayne counties, the USAR Task Force will receive $500,000 for fiscal year 2013-14 to provide assistance and supervision in cases where technical rescue expertise and equipment are required for rescue operations. This includes natural disasters as well as building collapses and mass transportation accidents.
“As the chair of the appropriations subcommittee on Michigan State Police, I know how important quick response is during times of disaster,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “By continuing to fund the USAR Task Force, we can better protect our hard-working taxpayers and ensure that trained personnel will be available in those critical times.”
Previously supported by a federal grant program that has been discontinued, the USAR Task Force faced a potential lapse in funding for FY ’14. The concern was brought to Rep. John Walsh’s attention by a local fire chief, and Walsh in turn worked with McCready and Appropriations Chair Rep. Joe Haveman to address the lack of funding.
“It was an honor working together with Reps. Walsh and Haveman to find the necessary $500,000 in the budget to continue this task force,” McCready said. “Hopefully, residents of the 40th House District will never have to call upon the USAR Task Force in the event of an emergency, but if they do, they can have peace of mind knowing that these skilled professionals are ready and able to respond to any disaster.”
House Bill 4328, the general fund budget for fiscal year 2013-14, is now Public Act 59 of 2013.