Since there are currently no Operations-level professional qualifications standards for technical rescuers, this manual identifies the requirements that agencies must meet, and the tools and techniques that their personnel must master if they are to provide Operations-level rescue service within their jurisdictions.
This manual focuses primarily on Operations-level situations to which firefighters and rescue squad members are most often called. However, to provide Operations-level fire/rescue personnel with the background information needed to effectively support and participate in complex technical search and rescue operations, some Technician-level information has been included. In addition, because firefighters constitute the primary intended audience for this manual, fireground search and rescue has also been included even though it is not addressed in NFPA 1670.
Chapters: * Introduction to Fire Service Search and Rescue * Search and Rescue Incident Management * Rescue Tools and Equipment * Rope Rescue * Confined Space Search and Rescue * Structural Collapse Search and Rescue * Trench Rescue * Elevator and Machinery Rescue * Water and Ice Search and Rescue * Wilderness Search and Rescue * Fireground Search and Rescue * Special Rescues. A glossary and appendix are also included to further clarify information contained in the text.