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Bureau of Fire Training and Administration
Training & Education Programs
Rescue Systems

Rescue Systems I
Med Release Required? YES
Hours: 50
Description: Rescue Systems I is an intensive, six-day program dealing with emergency response to structural collapse emergencies. This program has been developed by the National Fire Academy and the California Office of Emergency Services. Course is very challenging both mentally and physically. Expect 10-12 hour work days. Course culminates in a scenario day on the last day of class that will require teamwork and a total commitment from all students to complete. Rescue Systems I will have an emphasis on rope rescue and confined space rescue as well as structural collapse.
Program Objectives: Designed to meet objectives of NFPA 1006 and/or 1670, Chapter 5, to the Operations Level
Team and rescuer safety; rescue scene organization; planning and safety; void and confined space search; personal protective equipment; rope rescue fundamentals; equipment selection; inspection and maintenance; patient access and packaging; belaying; rappelling; raising and lowering systems; emergency shoring; lifting and stabilization of heavy objects typical of collapsed buildings.
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Dress Code: Department Uniform
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Class Size: 36
Textbook: Rescue Systems I Student Manual - Calfire
Rescue Systems II
Med Release Required? YES
Hours: 64
Description: Rescue Systems II course is designed to train firefighters or other emergency personnel in advanced heavy rescue techniques. Key topics include structural building types, wood and mechanIcal shores, crib capabilities, floor weight calculations, building search, confined space considerations, damaged structure hazard assessments, ICS, rescue and environmental considerations, self protection and evacuation procedures for WMD events, personal protective equipment, decon, disposal and documentations, hazmat countermeasures, use of ropes, knots, rigging and pulley systems, descending, rappelling and belaying tools and techniques, events brought on by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and acts of terrorism. Explosive events combined with chemical, biological, radiological and/or nuclear (CBRNE) weapons add a new dimension to the rescue scenario. Building collapses due to a WMD explosive event quite often contain hazardous materials and immediate danger to life and health situations. Rescuers now have to be trained and prepared to handle the extra measure of personal protective equipment that may require performing a rescue successfully.
Target audience for this course include: EMS personnel, Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.
Prerequisites: Rescue Systems I
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Dress Code: Department Uniform
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Class Size: 36
Textbook: Rescue Systems II Student Manual - Calfire

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