Severe weather events can be extremely taxing on a department’s resources. To lessen the impact on the organization, preparation and training should be implemented in advance. Planning for natural disasters will insure individual fire companies are prepared to execute extended search and rescue operations involving large areas, inoperative topography, and unstable structures. If unprepared, Mother Nature’s wreckage can quickly exhaust the capacity of a department’s operational effectiveness.
Employing standard day-to-day operations will result in reduced efficiency at a time when efficiency is most needed. What are your responsibilities as the first-due company to an area of your city or district that has just experienced massive damage from a large tornado? How will you prioritize and systematically address large areas, treat walking wounded, search damaged structures, control compromised utilities, and attend to trapped citizens?
This interactive class utilizing multiple viewpoints through a short lecture and then hands on will take the attendee through suggested practices for dealing with dynamic search and rescue operations of a tornado event. Through historical data and past experiences we will show how initial operations are always the most crucial and usually are being conducted with limited to no technical support. Specific strategic goals will be discussed insuring we are covering the number one aspect of the response being life safety, theirs and ours. Tactical level search and rescue operations that support the strategic goals will be discussed.
We will then hit the drill field and participate in non-conventional rescue techniques from shoring utilizing structural debris found at the scene to lifting/moving heavy objects with just tools found on suppression rigs that insure we are performing rescue operations as safely as possible with the resources on scene. The class will conclude with patient moving above and below grade utilizing simple systems designed to get the work done with limited equipment.
To enroll contact: Jason Day jasond@WEGOFPD.ORG