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  • Technical Rescue Incident Preparedness: Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    Leader along with key management personnel who authorize budget schedule and equip the Rescue Team The format of Chapter 4 is useful for all Rescue Teams whether newly formed or long established It is an excellent tool for ensuring some of the foundational aspects of preparedness and organizational structure are or have been properly established Most senior rescuers not those on Medicare but those that have the respect time and experience that makes them leaders in technical rescue will tell you that the TSAR incident potential including their hazards and risks change as industrial processes are updated installed or eliminated Key to all emergency response success is planning and preparation However incident preparation should be driven by the types of emergency incidents that have a potential for occurring within a given jurisdiction This is the starting point for determining rescue capabilities SOP SOG s staffing training and equipment The Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment is one method for assessing incident potential NFPA defines Hazard Identification The process of identifying situations or conditions that have the potential to cause injury to people damage to property or damage to the environment Risk Assessment An assessment of the likelihood vulnerability and magnitude of incidents that could result from the exposure to hazards This process identifies the possibility of conducting TSAR operations within a jurisdiction by evaluating environmental physical social and cultural factors that influence the scope frequency and magnitude of a potential TSAR incident It also addresses the impact the incident has on the AHJ to respond and conduct operations while minimizing threats to rescuers NPFA 1670 4 2 1 and 4 2 2 The standard lists a number of scientific methodologies in its annex but in the spirit of keeping it we ll approach this process using a Preliminary Checklist See Sample Checklist Once completed the checklist may have entries that require further analysis identify a need to develop or expand a capability or require entering into an agreement with an external resource This checklist is for day to day incident responses under predictable jurisdictional response conditions and should not be used for disaster scenarios where large scale regional and federal resources will be required to mitigate the incident These scenarios should be addressed through Emergency Response Plans Most fire departments and other emergency response organizations want to maintain a response capability that match potential incidents in order to be operationally effective provide for rescuer safety and have positive incident outcomes A Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment is an excellent way to evaluate your organization s preparedness level for technical rescue incidents based the potential for one to occur it also aids in the development of specific capability A bout the Author James Jim Breen is Special Projects Manager for Roco Rescue where he handles a wide variety of projects and provides program support while still engaging in instructional services Jim previously served for over 23 years with the Albuquerque Fire Department and retired as the agency s Fire Chief in 2013

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  • Incident: Alaska calls for increased focus on trench safety
    and sloping protection An Anchorage Fire Department search and rescue team police and medics responded to the incident shortly after 1 p m on June 16 2015 The construction worker had been working on a sewer pipe in a trench that measured roughly 7 feet deep by 15 feet across when it collapsed and buried him His co workers tried to extricate him and did get him out of the trench but his injuries were just too severe The 23 year old victim died at the scene OSHA has launched an investigation into the workplace accident according to a spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Sources National Safety Council Newsletter nsc org and Alaska Dispatch News adn com Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90 OSHA MEMORANDUM 2 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 36 QUICK DRILLS 12 REGULATIONS 31 SAFETY

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  • Using Hazard Controls to Prevent Worker Deaths
    prosecutions would not eliminate all workplace fatalities the strategy should be used when appropriate Hazard prevention strategies based on the Hierarchy of Controls are another effective method for ending workplace deaths according to Peter Dooley senior consultant with National COSH During the press conference Dooley listed several recent workplace fatalities he claims could have been prevented with such strategies National COSH also announced the release of its annual report Not an Accident Preventable Deaths 2015 The report includes case studies of recent worker deaths prevention strategies and National COSH s policy platform It was released in advance of Workers Memorial Day which will take place April 28 On that day National COSH plans to release a database detailing the circumstances of 1 500 worker deaths Article Source National Safety Council News Alert www nsc com Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90

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  • ​Confined Space Rope Rescue…Always Seeking a Better, Safer Way!
    used for short ascents and the manufacturer now allows it to be used as a belay device Compliance with legislated regulations is also a big consideration For performance based regulations like 1910 146 Permit Required Confined Spaces it s all about creating a competent rescuer who is capable of safely and effectively in permit spaces Other relevant OSHA regulations include Fall Protection Respiratory Protection Lock Out Tag Out and HAZMAT just to name a few We also refer to many different nationally recognized consensus standards as we build our programs Probably the most visited we draw from are NFPA 1006 and 1983 which offer guidance on professional qualifications for rescuers and equipment standards for manufacturers We also rely on ANSI NATE SPRAT and IRATA as well as other standards that provide appropriate guidance for the type of program we are delivering But where do we come up with the leading edge techniques and equipment that we are continuously adding to our courses Well this is where we take a lot of pride in how we operate internally as a business Roco s leadership has always encouraged our instructors and rescue personnel to identify needs in the rescue world and think of a way to satisfy that need yes to build a better mousetrap We want our people to constantly be on the lookout for opportunities to evaluate new equipment or come up with a new technique that meets the three primary objectives that we identified earlier As an added benefit Roco instructors and rescue team members come from a wide variety of backgrounds This includes the fire service law enforcement U S military and private sector industrial emergency response teams What s more some of our personnel enjoy sport climbing and even expedition mountaineering on their off time In other words we have a very diverse way of putting ropes and associated hardware to the test Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas Oftentimes this free thinking among our personnel leads to a great step forward in efficiency and allows us to keep our courses leading the way to a better rescuer It s also exciting to see some of the emerging technologies that have come to market as far as rescue equipment is concerned By encouraging our personnel to get their hands on these new pieces of kit and ride them hard we are able to determine if it is something that needs to be incorporated into our scheme Every once in a while we ll even discover a new way to use the equipment that is beyond what the manufacturer envisioned Our people have come up with some very unique ways to meet some very specific rescue needs But it all comes back to those same three primary objectives We need a piece of gear or a technique that will do the job we need it to do and do it safely and efficiently Here s a great example who would have thought that a technique used on

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  • FAST-TRACK 120™
    based on the skill requirements of NFPA 1006 and 1670 This certification testing to a national consensus standard such as NFPA is an excellent means of documenting individual skills proficiency in accordance with OSHA 1910 146 This accelerated 120 hour program will quickly advance students to more complex confined space and technical rope rescue operations Response capabilities will be enhanced by extensive hands on teaching stations and realistic problem solving exercises including on air simulated IDLH scenarios Rope ascension high line systems and knot passing will also be included Roco Certification testing includes individual skills proficiency scenario based performance evaluation and written exam This certification is valid for two years and can be renewed by successfully completing our recertification program NOTE Fast Track 120 completes the Confined Space Rescue Rope Rescue skill requirements of NFPA 1006 Level II and NFPA 1670 Technician Level OPEN ENROLLMENT DATES Fast Track 120 April 4 9 11 16 2016 Fast Track 120 Aug 8 13 15 20 2016 Albuquerque NM Fast Track 120 Nov 28 Dec 3 5 10 2016 COURSE TOPICS Safety Precautions and Regulations Rope Analysis Equipment Knots Anchoring and Rigging Advanced Belay Munter 540 Tandem Prusik Static Line Belaying a Falling

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/fasttrack120 (2016-02-15)
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  • Tech Panel Q&A: What are the Rescue Requirements for Trenches/Excavations?
    seconds A rescue squad would be unable to provide the necessary response and therefore could not be used to comply with 1926 651 g 2 As more and more industrial sites realize that just about every day somewhere on their property there is an open trench Trench collapses cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year Obviously this creates concerns especially for the rescue personnel who may be called to the scene during an emergency We ve been getting questions from clients that have effective rescue teams for medical hazmat fire confined space and rope but are realizing that they are lacking if a trench collapse occurs on their site Who will do the rescue is a question often asked There is concern by supervisors who have been given the responsibility for signing trench permits but have not had adequate training in trench and excavations Many are not competent persons as referenced in OSHA1926 651 652 After looking at the dozen of questions in the referenced LOI it should raise a few more Are the people you have signing off that a trench is constructed properly and safe for entry trained to know what to look for and have the authority to act competent person or are they assuming that the contractor is doing the right thing Who will be called if a trench emergency should occur Are their local resources that have the training and equipment to respond or are you an island unto yourself when it comes to trench rescue The link to the referenced LOI is shown below and the questions are still very relevant https www osha gov pls oshaweb owadisp show document p table INTERPRETATIONS p id 20597 Additional Resources OSHA Technical Manual OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Trench Safety Poster An Unprotected

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  • Roco Chief Chad Roberson Selected for Leadership Training
    sessions six months apart The group will communicate between sessions using an online community Roberson has 27 years of experience and rose through the ranks of the St George Fire Department He holds an associate degree in fire science a bachelor s degree in history and a master s degree He also has completed the National Fire Academy s Executive Fire Officer Program and in 2011 was awarded professional accreditation as a certified fire officer the release said In addition to being assistant fire chief Roberson serves as the technical rescue coordinator for the department He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and serves on its Emergency Management Committee In addition Roberson is an executive board member of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Foundation and the Louisiana Municipal Association He served for six years as an executive board member of the States Urban Search Rescue Alliance Roberson is married and the father of two elementary school aged sons He is a volunteer coach at his sons school St Jude and the YMCA He is also a member of the St Jude Catholic Church Men s Club and a member of the St Jude Church Fair Core Committee The Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program Story from The Advocate Photo provided by Eldon Ledoux The International Association of Fire Chiefs announced that Assistant Fire Chief Chad Roberson of the St George Fire Department has been accepted into the third year of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded

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  • Safety knots used for rope rescue
    Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90 OSHA MEMORANDUM 2 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 36 QUICK DRILLS 12 REGULATIONS 31 SAFETY 55 STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE 5 TECHNIQUES 23 TRAINING 6 TRENCH 10 RescueTalk RocoRescue com has been created as a free

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