Technical Rescue Resources
What can your department do to be prepared for a technical rescue response?
Download these suggested technical rescue response preparation activities (pdf)
Define technical rescue and how it differs from your typical rescue or EMS incident.
Know your response area. Do a technical rescue-specific risk assessment.
Fire code inspections are a good time to help identify confined space or any other technical rescue team (TRT) hazards. Identify a way to communicate the information to personnel.
Partner with other municipal entities (DPW-water-wastewater) to identify district hazards.
Explain the three levels of response to a technical rescue (refer to NFPA 1670, an organizational standard):
Understand the role of the first responder at a technical rescue:
Familiarize personnel with your closest TRT:
Describe the hazards that may be present at each type of rescue:
Prepared by the IAFC Safety Health and Survival Section
American Society of Safety Engineers Mini Tech-Brief: Confined Spaces
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