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Course Description

This course familiarizes the student with the requirements for the California Urban Search and Rescue (US and R) Basic and Light Operational Levels. The manipulative portion of the course concentrates on techniques to operate safely and effectively at structural collapse incidents involving the collapse or failure of light-frame construction and basic rope rescue operations. The Urban Search and Rescue Operational System Description includes four different levels of operational capability, training and equipment. The course uses the Incident Command System (ICS) to apply common terminology and resource management practices to provide supervision and control of essential functions at incidents that involve technically demanding rescue operations. PREREQUISITE: Fire Fighter Certification ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 420.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the California Urban search and Rescue System, rescue capabilities training, building construction, collapse, and hazards during scenario training.
  • Demonstrate tying all rescue knots and hitches discussed during class.
  • Apply size-up techniques, and safety considerations when attempting to lift, roll or move heavy objects.
  • Demonstrate skills and techniques necessary to move patients between low and high places and across uneven terrain.
  • Identify and apply structural shoring systems, tools/equipment for emergency shoring and timber spot shores.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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