Firefighter Training, High Angle & Confined Spaces, Technical Rescue

Prebuild Wood Shores for Efficiency

Issue 7 and Volume 172.

TRAINING NOTEBOOK ❘ By JEREMY RIFFLARD AND WILLIAM WHITE   Unstable structures pose an immediate hazard to trapped persons and rescuers. Time is of the essence to stabilize buildings and prevent a collapse. Avoid this risk by installing shores on the outside of a building to prevent a wall from falling outward and support upper-level floors or roofs from the interior to prevent collapse. Installing emergency shoring will create a path of safe entry/egress. The standard for temporary emergency shoring used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams is the Shoring Operations Guide from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers US&R Program, which is updated annually. It is downloadable for free in the library tab through the FEMA work group Web site at This guide has drawings of the shores, the written steps describing how to construct the various shores, and other valuable…

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