The Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) is the U.S. Government's only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide.
The FEST is guided and trained by the Operations Directorate of the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, the Department of State. The primary of the FEST is to assist the U.S. missions and host governments in responding quickly and effectively to terrorist attacks. It provides nonstop advice and assistance to Ambassadors and foreign governments facing crisis.
The FEST is comprised of seasoned experts from the Department of State, FBI, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Intelligence Community.
The functions of the FEST include:
a. to provide seasoned crisis management expertise;
b. to provide time-sensitive information and intelligence;
c. to planning for contingency operations; and
d. to provide negotiating expertise