Technical Rescue

Planning for Special Needs Rescue

Issue 1 and Volume 173.

BY Jeff Riechmann Fire department personnel regularly visit their local schools to teach school-age children about fire prevention. During these presentations, Exit Drills in the Home (EDITH) is also discussed. Additionally, the schools are required to have an emergency action plan and conduct regular evacuation exercises (fire drills). Firefighters regularly practice techniques on entering a burning structure, conducting a primary and a secondary search, and removing someone from that structure. In most cases, this can be very challenging when one considers the heat, the smoke, and the firefighter’s unfamiliarity with the structure. Firefighters also practice removing a down firefighter from a structure during a Mayday situation using rapid intervention teams (RIT). In my retirement, I lead an organization that provides people with special needs the opportunity to experience rock wall climbing at events held in numerous communities. Local emergency responders support these events with members of their technical rescue teams.…

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