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Fundamentals, Basics, Training, Oh My!

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We have heard of and there are some teaching victim profiling; determining if there is someone in the building or not and if it is survivable. While I understand what is trying to be done in regards to keeping ourselves safe, why should it be any different from your size-up and basic training as a company officer? A building is tenable or it is not, no matter if it is occupied or not occupied.

Rope Rescue Tech Part 1

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I recently took a rope rescue technician class given by CMC. This is just one of many pictures I took during the class. The class was a week long and there was very little classroom time; almost all in the field.

Personal Escape and Victim Rescue

Great personal rescue system video.

Take the Entire Window

Do yourself and those inside a favor, take the entire window.

Technical Rescue/Special Ops

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However, as you can see we have two problems with this scenario: the piece of equipment tilted and the boom in the house.

The 360: Basement Bulk Heads

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The picture is a bulk head for a basement. We have always been taught and trained to look for and create a secondary means of egress for upper floors. Well, it’s no different for basements.

Breakdown of FDIC 2010 H.O.T. Classes: RIT Combat Drills

The final drill was a scenario where all the drills we went through would be applicable for a final rescue of three Maydays. It was a team building exercise and multiple teams were needed to rescue one victim. Air management is paramount and the teams must understand when to call in the next team without running out of air.

Personal Harness H.O.T. Class from FDIC 2010

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The bailout evolution was by far the funnest part of the day. There were three opportunities to bailout and I think everyone took advantage of that.

FDIC 2010 Large Area Search Video

Breakdown of FDIC 2010 H.O.T. Classes:Large Area Search

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The class was held at the old airport terminals, which was kind of cool, and created a great opportunity for many crews to operate effectively.

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