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    U.S. Border PatrolSearch, Trauma, & Rescue

    BORSTARCMDR Jesse Munoz

  • U.S. Border PatrolSpecial Operations Group

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    DHS Organization

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    CBP Organization


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    On October 2007, the Border Patrol consolidated the National Headquarters of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) and the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team (BORSTAR) under one central headquarters designated the Border Patrol Special Operations Group (SOG).

    This places national level tactical and emergency response assets under one coordinating headquarters for the purposes of facilitating rapid response for National Security issues.

    The SOG supports the Office of Border Patrol Strategic Plan to:

    Secure Americas Borders

    Strengthen the Border Patrol


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    Sector Special Operations Detachments (SOD)


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    SOG Mission Statement

    The Special Operations Group mission is to train, organize, equip, resource, and deploy specially trained tactical, emergency response and intelligence personnel worldwide in order to protect America.


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    OCONUS Mission Execution

    SOG is the principal element for Host Nation (HN) Capacity Building/Foreign Border Security (FBS). The primary goal is to build/strengthen HN border security.

    FBS missions include border security training, advisory, Operational Capability and Border Security Assessments.

    SOG is the primary element for interagency and/or unilateral advisory support of HN Law Enforcement units

    SOG may employ Sector SOD personnel to support FBS missions


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    CONUS Mission Execution

    SOG conducts intelligence driven operations within corridors to mitigate capability/capacity gaps by providing (Tier 1) forces to combat TCO activities (Tier forces are scalable and can be interdependent/interoperable depending on mission requirements)

    Sector Special Operations Division (SOD) (Tier 2) is the primary element for special operations missions within the Sector AOR

    For National Special Security Events, SOG will deploy sector MRTs (Tier 3) and/or SOD/SOG elements


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    LegendSOG Supported Mission Locations

    Past OCONUS Missions


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    Special Operations Group

    The Special Operations Group supports domestic, international intelligence driven and anti-terrorism efforts, as well as disaster and humanitarian related special operations through planning, training, and strategic deployments.

    As a highly mobile, rapid-response tool, the Special Operations Group significantly increases DHS ability to respond operationally to specific terrorist threats and incidents, as well as to support traditional Border Patrol operations.


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    In support of the Border Patrol National Strategy, the BORSTAR Unit will provide law enforcement, search, rescue, and medical response capabilities for the U.S. Border Patrol. Additionally, BORSTAR will provide mutual assistance to local, county, state, tribal, and Federal entities by responding to enforcement and search and rescue requirements, acts of terrorism, potential terrorism, and natural disasters throughout the United States.

    The BORSTAR Unit will provide professional training, support, and operational guidance upon request and as directed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner and the United States Border Patrol Chief.


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    Mission: The BORSTAR Unit provides law enforcement, search and rescue, and medical response capabilities for the U.S. Border Patrol. Additionally, BORSTAR provides mutual assistance to local, county, state, tribal, and Federal entities in response to enforcement and search and rescue requirements, acts of terrorism, potential terrorism and natural disasters throughout the United States.

    History- BORSTAR was created in 1998 in response to increasing incidents involving injured agents, distressed migrants, and lack of a medical response along the Southwest border.

    Tactical Medicine: Provide emergency medical care in life threating environments to law enforcement officers.



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    BORSTARSearch and Rescue: Air, Ground and Water Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Training Support for other Law Enforcement Agencies.

    National Special Security Events: Missions involving a Nexus to National Security such as security or emergency response to political events and large scale natural disasters.

    Foreign Border Security : Build Partner Capacity by Assessing Host Nation Capabilities by conducting Medical Threat Assessments and Training Host Nation Security Forces in Basic Medical and Tactical Medical Courses and Search and Rescue (SAR).


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    BORSTAR Basic Skill-sets Technical Rope Rescue Swift-water Rescue Technician First Responders/EMT Aerial Rescue Operations Land Navigation Incident Command System

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    Capabilities Incident Command System/NIMS

    Land Navigation

    Tactical Medic/Operator - TCCC

    Technical Rescue Technician

    Air Operations/HRST Master

    Swift-Water Rescue Technician

    Emergency Medical Technician

    Paramedic/Austere Medicine

    Police Safety Diver

    SAR and HRD Canine Handler


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    Support to EMS

    Important link to EMS.

    Reduces response times.

    Reduces unnecessary workloads for EMS and USBP by treating and releasing patients in the field when possible.

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    Command and Control Capabilities

    NIMS/ICS Mobile Command/Quick

    Response Vehicles Interoperability

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    Advanced SkillsPolice/Public Safety Diver Vessel Hull Search/Lift Bag skills Underwater Evidence/Crime Scene North American Police Diver (NAPD) Instruction Underwater Communications Limited and Zero Visibility dive Current/Moving Water dive

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    Advanced Skills Cont.Air Operations/HRST Master Aerial Insertion/Extraction Operations

    Basic FAST Rope/Rappel Instruction

    Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques Master Instruction

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    Missions National Security threats

    Enforcement Operations

    Search and Rescue Response/Instruction

    Tactical Medic Support/Instruction

    Emergency Medical Response/Course Instruction

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    Missions Cont. Disaster, National Incidents, and Mass

    Casualty Response

    Incident Command Management

    Site Surveys, CONUS/OCONUS

    Air and Marine Operations Support

    Maritime Search, Rescue, and Recovery

    Training Support for other agencies and governments

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    Mutual Assistance/Training BORSTAR conducts support and training operations with international, federal,

    state, and local entities.

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    Foreign Advisory OperationsDeployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

    National Security2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT2010 Winter Olympics (Canada), Blaine WA

    Training/Support Missions for other U.S. LEA and DODDepartment of Defense (U.S Army, USMC)Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of InteriorState, local, tribal police and search and rescue teamsATF Tactical medic training/Ride-a-long program in TCA

    BORSTAR Deployments

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    BORSTAR Selection Process

    Must have a minimum of two years Border Patrol serviceRecommended by the Chief Patrol Agent of their SectorMust pass an the BORSTAR Physical Abilities Test

    7 pull-ups minimum40 push-ups minimum60 sit-ups minimum (in two minutes)1.5 mile run 11 minutes or less250 yard swim (to graduate Academy)

    Must pass a team field evaluation testMust pass a standard interview process

    Border Patrol Agents must meet the following criteria for Selection as a BORSTAR Candidate:

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    BORSTAR Basic Academy Approximately 5 weeks long

    Core Training Disciplines: Basic ICS/NIMS Land Navigation First Responder Training Basic Tactical Medicine Training Basic Technical Rescue Training Air Operations/Alternate insertion

    and extractions Swift-water Rescue Technician

    Training (SRT-1)

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    Specialized Equipment

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    Slide Number 1Slide Number 2Slide Number 3Slide Number 4Slide Number 5Slide Number 6Slide Number 7OCONUS Mission ExecutionCONUS Mission ExecutionSlide Number 10Slide Number 11Slide Number 12Slide Number 13Slide Number 14Slide Number 15BORSTAR Basic Skill-setsSlide Number 17Support to EMSCommand and Control Capabilities Advanced SkillsAdvanced Skills Cont.MissionsMissions Cont.Mutual Assistance/TrainingBORSTAR DeploymentsSlide Number 26BORSTAR Basic Academy Slide Number 28Specialized EquipmentSlide Number 30


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