This course provides participants training on the rescue techniques required when responding to transportation tunnel incidents. This course includes the considerations required for emergency responders that will operate in a passenger rail tunnel, light rail or subway tunnel, and highway or vehicle tunnels. This course will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform search and rescue operations in transportation tunnels. The course is five days long with eight-hours of training each day, for a total of 40 hours.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be issued a TEEX Certificate of Completion. Participants not able to complete all portions of this course will be issued a TEEX Certificate of Attendance.
Passenger Rail Rescue (TNG23P)
Structural Collapse Technician 2 (TNG23T)
Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in these courses.
TopicsTransportation Tunnel Overview+Gases, Toxic Atmosphere and Hazardous Materials in Tunnels +Respiratory Protection Equipment+Tunnel Ventilation+Emergencies in Tunnel Rescue Operations+Rescue Rigging in Tunnel Rescues+Lifting Operations in Tunnel Rescues+Ladder and Rope Access at Passenger Rail Incidents
This course has been developed for city, state, and federal responders. Emergency responders from municipal agencies tasked with responding to transportation tunnel incidents.
Participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines/services:
- Fire Service (FS)
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Law Enforcement (LE)
- State or City Transit System Responders
Travel and Personal Protective Equipment
Participants should plan travel to arrive the night before classes begin. The course delivery is at Disaster City® in College Station, Texas. Responders that will be training on the rubble pile or inside of structures at Disaster City® are required to bring the following items to the course:
- Helmet, must be ANSI rated Z89.1-Type 1 with headlamp
- Steel toe safety boots, must be ANSI Z41 PT99 M1/75 C/75
- Eye protection, must be ANSI Z87.1
- Work gloves (leather or extrication gloves)
- Standard work/duty clothing including long-sleeve shirts for every day of class
- Raingear suitable for search and rescue operations. Class exercises are conducted in rain or shine.
- Knee pads and elbow pads
- Hand held flashlight and extra batteries
Grant funding information
Jurisdictions that receive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding from their State Administrative Agency (SAA) (e.g. Urban Area Security Initiatives [UASI], State Homeland Security Program [SHSP], etc.) may be able to utilize those funds to pay for TEEX/ESTI courses. Since states have varying processes and procedures for utilizing grant funds to take training, the best resource will be your city or county administrator or comptroller for homeland security grant funding.
Jurisdictions requiring assistance in establishing regional search and rescue capabilities in the areas of structural collapse, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) response, and water rescue are encouraged to contact the TEEX/ESTI Rescue Program.