Branch Chief, Urban Search and Rescue, FEMA
As Branch Chief for FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue (US&R), Fred Endrikat works with federal search and rescue components to strengthen response to emergencies and disasters, and helps establish policy to ensure quick and effective response.
Endrikat has served in various capacities at the local, state and federal levels, assisting US&R operations in response to major emergencies and disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, he assisted ongoing operations and helped rebuild New York’s US&R task force, which had been devastated by the loss of personnel and equipment during the collapse of the two towers.
Endrikat and the US&R Branch staff implemented a new system to improve the response times for US&R, moving from a tool designed around only one fixed location per state to one that can determine on-the-road travel times, helping to ensure best possible response times for critical life-saving resources.
In addition to working at FEMA, Fred also served for 36 years with the City of Philadelphia Fire Department. In 1995, he received the Philadelphia Fire Department’s highest award for his heroic actions on a fire ground at the Rising Sun Baptist Church, where he and others reentered the burning church to go after their fellow firefighters.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that we work together as a nation to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. US&R involves the location, rescue and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces as a result of a variety of emergencies or disasters.