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Tech Rescue Training at FDIC 2013: Managing Rescue Operations

Larry Collins analyzed a 1999 trench rescue and other technical rescue incidents along with lessons learned during his Tuesday afternoon FDIC 2013 workshop, "Managing Rescue Operations." A battalion chief with the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department, Collins has presented at FDIC for more than 20 years. At a 35-foot deep excavation being dug for a pipeline, the ground collapsed and a worker was buried; only his helmet and one hand was visible. The victim had attempted to cover his face with his helmet, but ultimately the helmet ended up above his head with layer of dirt in between. At such a scene, Collins said, first responder considerations include size-up, stabilization o...

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