This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct advanced breaching and breaking operations on rope at large-scale structural collapse incidents. You will expand your knowledge learned in the 80-hour Structural Collapse Technician course by conducting breaching and breaking operations while working two and three stories above the ground. This course includes multiple hands-on activities using the large simulated collapse structures in Disaster City®.
The skills learned in this course are applicable at structural collapses involving multistory, heavily-reinforced structures such as office buildings and large apartment complexes. Activities include multiple simulated operational periods in which you will employ skills learned during the course.
This course is one of the requirements for the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Rescue Specialist Certificate program.
Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in this course.
TopicsBreaching 45 degree concrete panels at a height +Breaching 90 degree compound panels at a height +Concrete cutting within confined spaces +Cutting wood and concrete panels at a height +Hanging slab and breaching while working at a height +Hot cutting of steel plates at a height +Installing bolt and anchor systems +Rescuer Safety and Developing the Rescue Plan+Cutting Steel Beams at Height+Cutting Post-Tension Tendons+Tool Rehab and Maintenance
This course has been developed for city, state, and federal US&R responders. The target audience also includes all emergency responders from municipal and industrial agencies tasked with conducting advancing breaching and breaking operations at large-scale structural collapse incidents.
Participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines/services
- Fire Service (FS)
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Law Enforcement (LE)
- Industrial Customers (IND)
- Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civilian Support Teams (WMD-CST)
- CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP) Teams
- Homeland Response Forces (HRF)
- Army and Air National Guard (ANG)
- State Guard Forces
Travel and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Participants should plan to arrive the night before classes begin. Classes will begin at 7:00 AM on the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made.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 Z 87.1
- Work gloves (leather or extrication gloves)
- Full-face Air Purified Respirator (APR) with P-100 cartridges
- Standard work/duty clothing including long sleeve shirts for every day of class
- Raingear suitable for search and rescue operations.
- Knee pads & elbow pads
- Hand held flashlight and extra batteries
Additionally, you are encouraged to bring your issued Class 3 Life-Safety Harness that meets the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1983 standard. If you do not have a Class 3 Harness, we can provide one during the course.
Courses are offered in two ways:
- Open enrollment is open to any agency listed above. These courses must have a minimum of 16 and can have a maximum of 30 participants. This course typically has a broad cross section of responders from across the nation and offers an excellent ability for lessons learned from other departments.
- Contract classes: We can provide this course exclusively for a jurisdiction or region. When conducting contract classes, we can provide additional tailored curriculum and field exercises based on the requirements of the contracting jurisdiction.
Jurisdictions that receive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding from their State Administrative Agency (SAA) (e.g. Urban Area Security Initiatives [UASI], Strategic Highway Safety Plans [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 US&R training, the best resource will be your city or county administrator or comptroller of 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 Brian Smith of the TEEX/ESTI Rescue Program at (979) 458-5636.