Collapse Rescue

  • This discipline brings all previous training and equipment into concert.
  • Due to the highly unstable environment associated with a collapse, a rescuer must be prepared for secondary collapses, hazardous atmospheres, biological contamination, and any number of other problems.
  • Shoring materials have to be placed to stabilize rubble and debris to allow rescuers to safely remove patients. If proper stabilization is not completed, a secondary collapse is highly likely to occur.
  • Ropes are used to traverse such a chaotic environment.
  • Well known collapse rescue incidents include the World Trade Center in New York and the federal building in Oklahoma City.