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Technical Rescue Certification Courses
The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute has courses that meet NFPA 1006 Standard for Rescue Technican Professional Qualifications. This document outlines what Technical Rescue courses MU FRTI has available to offer, and which discipline of the standard they meet. It also describes what classes are required for certification with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.


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List of Courses

Confined Space Rescue: Awareness

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

This course will introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standard regarding the facilitation of operations with industry and other agencies involved in confined-space rescues. Students will learn about non-entry rescue operations and the need for confined-space search and rescue, as well as about how to recognize confined spaces, to initiate contact and establish communications with victims when possible, to recognize and identify the hazards associated with nonentry and confined-space emergencies, to perform nonentry retrieval, to implement the emergency response system, and to implement site control and scene management. This course meets the “Awareness Level” requirement outlined in NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents (2004 edition).

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Confined Space Rescue: Technician

Hours:

24

Min/Max:

15/24

Prerequisites:

Rope Rescue: Technician and
HMIR: Operations

Host Requirements:

Classroom with seating to handle up to 24 participants with computer and data projector access.

  • a. Training area for practical applications. Area to be able to run two (2) simultaneous evolutions.
    • i. Vertical Evacuation
    • ii. Horizontal Evacuation
  • b. Vertical examples
    • i. Tank or manhole with a non-hazardous atmosphere. Opening to be 24-36” in diameter and depth no greater than ±30’.
    • ii. Scaffolding with platform and opening of 24-36” in diameter, with a height of no less than 10’ and no greater than 20’.
  • c. Horizontal examples
    • i. Culvert pipe, 36 and 24”, laid on ground and stabilized. Two sections of 36’ and one section of 24”. Configure in an “L” shape.
    • ii. Pre-existing tunnel or piping with a non-hazardous atmosphere, with size restriction to no less than 24” in diameter. Prefer to have a right angle incorporated.

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

This course will give participants a working knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standard regarding confined-space rescues in order to help them facilitate operations with industry and other agencies involved with such rescues. Participants can expect to learn concepts and practical applications that will affect safe rescues in this unique and potentially hazardous situation. This course meets 29 CFR 1910.146 requirements, as well as NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications (2003 edition).

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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Farm Machinery Rescue

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

Vehicle Rescue: Technician

Min/Max:

15/30

Host Requirements:

  • Tractor, any other used equipment (hay baler, corn head)
  • Air bags
  • RS-10 kit
  • Cribbing
  • Access to equipment dealer

Description:

This course will start with a quick review of information from the Vehicle Rescue: Technician course, specifically the types of extrication equipment. The rest of the course will cover the classifications and anatomy of industrial and agricultural vehicles, size-up considerations when responding to agricultural incidents, proper procedures for stabilizing farm machinery, and gaining access to and extrication of farm machinery incidents. Participants will be given opportunities to use these techniques in practical applications.

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Introduction to Technical Rescue

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/20

CEUs:

EMS 16-Non Core

Host Requirements:

  • Classroom with seating to handle up to 20 participants with computer and data projector access.
  • Training area for practical applications. Area to be able to run three (3) simultaneous rope evolutions. No less than 30 feet and no more than 100 feet in height with sufficient anchor points.
  • Suggested high angle locations include:
    • Training tower
    • Parking garage; or possibly
    • Natural cliff
    • If a natural setting is used, it must be pre-approved for use. It must be naturally formed, no quarries or blasted rock face. It must also have an area at top and bottom for easy access.
    • High angle locations that will not be used include:
      – Water Towers;
      – Grain Elevators;
      – Rock quarries; etc.

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

Fire departments and rescue teams commonly respond to incidents involving collapsed structures, confined spaces, water, auto, and industrial entrapments. These incidents can be grouped into a category called “technical rescue incidents,” which require personnel with specialized skills and equipment. The need for a technical rescue can result from, among other things, industrial and transportation accidents, extreme sports, and even Mother Nature (e.g., floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes that trap and injure people). This course will introduce rescue personnel to the basic skills needed to perform at technical rescue incidents and will address Chapter 5 of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications (2003 edition). The job performance requirements defined in this chapter must be met prior to certification as a rescue technician for any discipline. Students will be exposed to lectures, demonstrations, and practical skill exercises designed to teach rescue site operations, victim management, maintenance of equipment, and ropes and riggings.

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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Outdoor Search and Rescue Practices

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/40

CEUs:

EMS 12-Non Core

POST:

6-Technical, 2-Interpersonal, 4-Skill

Host Requirements:

  • Practical area (40+ acres)
  • Topographical map of area
  • 1 gal. size zip lock bags (1 per participant)
  • 2 rolls toilet paper (2 per participant)

Description:

This course will build skills related to organizing and implementing a search and rescue for missing persons in an outdoor setting. This course will include a brief overview of the aspects of the search operation will culminate with a practical field exercise of a mock search and rescue. (EMS CEUs 12-Non Core)

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Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue/Recovery

Hours:

36

Prerequisites:

Must be open-water certified

Min/Max:

15/20

CEUs:

EMS 36-Division IV

POST:

16-Technical, 3-Interpersonal,
4-Legal, 9- Skill

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

In this class participants will learn to safely manage entanglement/entrapment, in-water injury, low or out-of-air emergencies, and contamination problems. Other topics include PSD accidents—why they happen and how to prevent them, what should be in SOP/SOG’s to protect safety and liability of team members and department, minimum equipment and personnel, common safety mistakes, blackwater contingencies, small evidence search and recovery, underwater panicked diver management, accident prevention tending skills, tender-diver gear checks, air consumption procedures, scene management, tethered-tender-directed-solo-diver patterns and why they are the safest and most effective for most operations, make go/no-go decisions with a practiced plan, watercraft procedures for dive operations, and keeping team morale up. This class meets or exceeds standards outlined in Chapter 9, Water Search and Rescue, NFPA 1670, Standard Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, as well as, Chapter 13, Dive Rescue of NFPA 1006, Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

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Rope Rescue: Technician

Hours:

24

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Technical Rescue

Min/Max:

15/24

Host Requirements:

  • Classroom with seating to handle up to 20 participants with computer and data projector access.
  • Training area for practical applications. Area to be able to run three (3) simultaneous rope evolutions. No less than 30 feet and no more than 100 feet in height with sufficient anchor points.
  • Suggested high angle locations include:
    • Training tower
    • Parking garage; or possibly
    • Natural cliff
    • If a natural setting is used, it must be pre-approved for use. It must be naturally formed, no quarries or blasted rock face. It must also have an area at top and bottom for easy access.
    • High angle locations that will not be used include:
      – Water Towers;
      – Grain Elevators;
      – Rock quarries; etc.

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

This course will introduce rescue personnel to the basic needs to perform at technical rescue incidents, as well as the information and skills they need to perform rescues using ropes in differences of elevation. Topics will include rescue site operations, victim management, maintenance of equipment, ropes and riggings, size-up, scene management, knots, equipment, anchors, ascending/descending techniques, mechanical advantage hauling systems, line and system transfers, litter tending, and highline systems. Participants will participate in practical rescue evolutions under instructor supervision. This program meets the Awareness, Operations and Technician level requirements outlined in NFPA 1670, Standard for Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, as well as Chapters 5 and 6 of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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School Bus Rescue

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

Vehicle Rescue Technician

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

Multiple casualty incidents tax most departments equipment and personnel resources. Is your agency prepared? This course is designed to introduce participants to the difficult problem of handling an incident with multiple patients. The most frequent of these are school bus accidents. Instructors will demonstrate techniques of extrication, patient handling and coordinating multiple agencies. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these skills and concepts in practical applications involving a school bus.

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Structural Collapse Rescue: Operations

Hours:

40

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Technical Rescue

Min/Max:

15/24

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

This course will prepare emergency response personnel to initiate rescue operations in structural collapse emergencies. The following topics will be covered: recognition of the hazards associated with structural collapse and how to mitigate them with the use of proper resources; scene safety and size-up; identification of collapse patterns, reasons for collapses and the potential for a secondary collapse; recognition and implementation of the FEMA search and rescue marking system; and victim management and removal. This class meets requirements of Chapters 5.2 and 5.3, Awareness and Operations Level, of NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents (2004).

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Structural Collapse Rescue: Technician

Hours:

40

Min/Max:

15/24

Prerequisites:

Rope Rescue: Technician; Confined Space Rescue: Technician; and Trench Rescue Technician

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

This course will prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in structural collapse emergencies. The following topics will be covered: determination of potential victim location; development of an incident action plan; search methods; coordination and use of heavy equipment; and patient management. Students will participate in structure stabilization methods, search of collapsed structures, and breaching of structural components. This course meets Chapter 5.4, Technician Level, of NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents (2004 as well as Chapter 10, Structural Collapse Rescue, of NFPA 1006, Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications (2003).

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Swiftwater/Flood Rescue: Awareness

Hours:

4

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

CEUs:

EMS Non Core-4

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

This classroom-based course is designed to provide participants with the necessary beforehand knowledge to safely conduct general water-based operations and search and rescue calls specific to all environments involving moving water. Compliant with the awareness level, specified by NFPA 1670 Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, this class covers equipment, training, physical requirements, pre-plan preparation, public education materials, site safety, accountability, size-up, hazard assessment procedures, utilization of the incident command system, risk versus benefit analysis procedures, and identifies what is considered to be the legal common practice in this increasingly common and dangerous environment.

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Surface Water Rescue

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Technical Rescue and Rope Rescue: Technician courses or equivalent.

Min/Max:

15/30

CEUs:

EMS CEUs-Non Core-16

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

This course is designed to prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in slow moving water emergencies. Topics include pre-planning, personal protective equipment, search parameters, incident action plans, surface rescue techniques, witness interview techniques, deploying rescue aids, and use of watercraft and helicopter operations. Students will participate in moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. This course meets applicable portions of Chapter 9, Water Search and Rescue, NFPA 1670 Standard Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents (2009 edition), and Chapter 11, Surface Water Rescue, NFPA 1006, Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications (2008 edition).

Special Requirements:
Participants will need a full wet suit/surface dry suit, tennis shoes/ booties, a lightweight rescue-type/whitewater-type helmet, lightweight leather or ski gloves, a personal flotation device rated for swiftwater operations with a minimum buoyancy rating of 22 lbs.

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Swiftwater Rescue

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Technical Rescue and Rope Rescue: Technician courses or equivalent.

Min/Max:

15/30

CEUs:

EMS CEUs-Non Core-16

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

This course is designed to prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in fast moving water emergencies. Topics include pre-planning, personal protective equipment, search parameters, incident action plans, swiftwater rescue techniques, advanced rope systems in the aquatic environment, and use of watercraft and helicopters in water rescue operations. Students will participate in moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. This course meets applicable portions of Chapter 9, Water Search and Rescue, NFPA 1670 Standard Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents (2009 edition), and, Chapter 12, Swiftwater Rescue, of NFPA 1006, Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications (2008 edition).

Special Requirements:
Participants will need a full wet suit/surface dry suit, tennis shoes/ booties, a lightweight rescue-type/whitewater-type helmet, lightweight leather or ski gloves, a personal flotation device rated for swiftwater operations with a minimum buoyancy rating of 22 lbs, and flashlight or headlamp.

  1. Participants will be required to complete an entrance level swim test on the first day of class. Swim test will consist of a 300 meter swim in a pool setting, using only forward (power) strokes, with no rest breaks, and no swim aids, in 10 minutes or less. Participants who fail this entry-level test will not be allowed to participate in remaining program.
  2. Participants will also be tested on the first day of class for prerequisite knowledge of ropes and knots. Participants should be prepared to perform knot tying and mechanical advantage systems as outlined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 5, subsections 5.5.1-5.5.4 and Chapter 6 subsections 6.1.1-6.1.4 and 6.1.7-6.1.8, 2006 edition.
  3. A partial refund of registration fee will be given for any student who fails this entrance tests.
  4. Participants will be required to participate in a night drill on the second day of class.

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Trench Rescue: Awareness

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Host Requirements:

Contact MU FRTI

Description:

This class will give you information on what you can do and what hazards to look for when you are the first on the scene of a trench collapse rescue. But most of all, how to be safe and not become a victim yourself. This class meets requirements of Chapter 11, NFPA 1670, Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, 2004 edition as well as OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.

Description:

This class will give you information on what you can do and what hazards to look for when you are the first on the scene of a trench collapse rescue. But most of all, how to be safe and not become a victim yourself. This class meets requirements of Chapter 11, NFPA 1670, Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, 2004 edition as well as OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.

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Trench Rescue: Operations

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Technical Rescue

Min/Max:

15/30

CEUs:

EMS 16-Non Core

Host Requirements:

Classroom with seating to handle up to 30 participants. Computer and data projector access.

  • Backhoe with operator
  • Location for digging trenches

For detailed information contact MU FRTI

Description:

This course will prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in trench and excavation emergencies of depths greater than 8 feet. The following topics will be covered: identifying the construction, application, limitations, and removal of supplemental sheeting and shoring systems; manufactured trench boxes and isolation devices; adjusting protective systems based on digging operations and environmental conditions; evaluating existing and potential conditions; coordinating the use of heavy equipment; and patient management. The course meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P, as well as Chapter 11.4, Technician Level, of NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, and Chapter 11, Trench Rescue, of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

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Trench Rescue: Technician

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

Trench Rescue: Operations

Min/Max:

15/30

CEUs:

EMS 16-Non Core

Host Requirements:

Classroom with seating to handle up to 30 participants. Computer and data projector access.

  • Backhoe with operator
  • Location for digging trenches

For detailed information contact MU FRTI

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

This course will prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in trench and excavation emergencies of depths greater than 8 feet. The following topics will be covered: identifying the construction, application, limitations, and removal of supplemental sheeting and shoring systems; manufactured trench boxes and isolation devices; adjusting protective systems based on digging operations and environmental conditions; evaluating existing and potential conditions; coordinating the use of heavy equipment; and patient management. The course meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P, as well as Chapter 11.4, Technician Level, of NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, and Chapter 11, Trench Rescue, of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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Vehicle Rescue Technician

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

CEUs:

EMS 16-Non Core

Host Requirements:

  • 1 vehicle for every 5 students
  • Power Hydraulic Rescue Equipment
  • “L” Bracket
  • Hand Equipment: 1 sawzall with 18tpi blades, 1 squirt bottle for soapy water, 1 socket set and set of wrenches for disassembly
  • chains, 1-4 ton porta power with duck bill spreaders, 1-4 ton porta power with wedge attachment, accessory kit with 4-ton ram and attachments, 1 Partner pry-axe
  • Air Chisel kit which includes the regulator, gun, assorted bits (“T” bits or double edge bit, and Chisel bits) air hose if it is to be used with a large air cylinder then at least 25’ of hose should be supplied.
  • Cribbing for Stabilization: Minimum of 40-4x4’s 18” long, 20-2x4’s 18” long, 10-4x4’s cut end to end to make wedges, 4 step chocks
  • High pressure Air Bags: a complete set to include at least 3 lifting bags, Regulator, hoses and controls, 2—3/4” plywood 18-20” square

 

Description:

Today, vehicle extrication is as much a part of the fire service as firefighting. This course will cover the tools and techniques required to remove a trapped victim from a vehicle accident. Emphasis will be placed on proper use of powered and manual rescue tools and air bags, coordination with EMS personnel, vehicle designs, ICS, and safety considerations. Participants will apply these techniques in practical applications. This course meets Chapter 8, Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Technician, of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications (2003 edition).

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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