Managing Rescue Incidents

Challenges of Managing Rescue Incidents

Technical rescue incidents pose a variety of management challenges. Managing Rescue Incidents is a two-day class where the students will learn how the NFPA standards (1670, 1006, and 1983) structure management decisions and provide incident commanders and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) with the guidance they need to maintain safety while performing the rescue operation.

Managing rescue incidents

Managing patient removal from a simulated trench collapse.

Prerequisites: Students who attend this class must have a background in technical rescue, although no rope skills are required.


At the completion of this class, the students should be able to:

  • Specify the equipment needed to perform technical rescues (high angle, confined space, swift water, trench and structural collapse).
  • Define key terms and list the basic requirements specified in relevant NFPA standards.
  • Perform a hazard analysis and risk assessment for each type of technical rescue incident.
  • List the key training requirements for each type of technical rescue as a function of the team’s capability (awareness, operations, technician).
  • Conduct a command and control sequence that includes each of the following steps:
  • Scene size-up, establishing command and establishing sectors.
  • Ensuring the safety of the general area and rescue area.
  • Overseeing the rescue operation, tear down, debrief, and pre-plan updating.


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Introduction to Technical Rescues

  • Types of Rescues
  • Key Definitions
  • Certification Issues

Basic Rescue Processes

  • Deploying Equipment and Personnel
  • Establishing Command and Scene Assessment
  • Sector Assignment and Accountability
  • Rescue Operations
  • Debrief and Pre-plan Improvements


  • Selection
  • Inspection, Maintenance

Regulations and Standards

  • NFPA
  • ANSI, CE
  • OSHA

Training Requirements

  • Awareness
  • Operations
  • Technician
Jim Johnson April 11, 2017
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