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Structural Collapse Technician Level 1 and 2 is an intense 80-hour certification course designed to prepare emergency response personnel to initiate rescue operations in structural collapse emergencies. Topics include recognition of the hazards associated with structural collapse and how to mitigate them with the use of proper resources, scene safety and size-up, identification of collapse patterns, reasons for collapse and potential for secondary collapse, recognition and implementation of the FEMA search and rescue marking system, victim management, and removal of victims. Also covered are methods to determine potential victim location, development of an incident action plan, search methods, coordinating the use of heavy equipment, and patient management. Students will participate in structure stabilization methods, search of collapsed structures, and breaching of structural components. This course meets Chapter 10, NFPA 1006, 2003 edition Structural Collapse Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.
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