USAR

THE EQUIPMENT POOL

What is the most important piece of equipment when you are establishing an equipment pool for a Rapid Intervention Crew? Where do you set it up? And how do you prioritize to set up the tools and equipment to ensure that you are ready to affect a rescue of one of your own? Watch this video to see how Fire Captain Derrick Chapman recommends the essentials to set you and your company for success.

RIC – RAPID INTERVENTION CREW

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is no stranger to tragic and near-miss firefighter realities. Sadly, it has not been that many years since Firefighter Specialist Jimmy Howe lost his life on the fire ground and Fire Captain Gary Morgan nearly lost his. In their honor, Fire Captain David Norman reminds us that the Rapid Intervention Crew or “RIC is by far, one of the most critical assignments on the fire ground.” The concept of a Rapid Intervention Crew was developed in hopes of ensuring that each and everyone of us goes home safely to our families at the end of the day. Please watch one of the most recent LACoFD training videos, as Fire Captain Derrick Chapman reminds us that “we should never be complacent, and we should always be ready” to rescue our own.

SEARCH TECHNIQUES

You have been assigned as a Rapid Intervention Crew, and as you begin to enter the building to effect a rescue, you are confronted with numerous hose lines entering the building… what do you do? How about using your “drop-bag” as a rescue line to enter the building and get your fellow firefighters out safely? Watch the LACoFD training video as Fire Captain Dave Norman discusses techniques for using the drop bag successfully on a firefighter emergency.

RESCUE TECHNIQUES

Once the Rapid Intervention Crew finds the down firefighter, what next? Watch this video as Fire Captain Dave Norman demonstrates proven techniques to rescue a fellow firefighter on the fire ground in a “Mayday” situation.

SOFTENING THE STRUCTURE

Watch the latest TURNOUT video, as LACoFD Fire Captain David Norman talks about the importance of proper preparation for the Rapid Intervention Crew. He discusses strategies, tactics and techniques for successful RIC operations. For any fire company assuming the responsibility of Rapid Intervention, the success of the operation may a direct result of “softening the structure” before you are called upon to rescue firefighters in distress.

360 DEGREE SIZE UP

Once again, the importance of proper preparation for the Rapid Intervention Crew cannot be over-emphasized. Join LACoFD Fire Captain Derrick Chapman as he discusses how to properly size up a building prior to entering it for an actual RIC operation. Ensuring that your fire company anticipates the type of construction, the layout of the building, the possible hazards and the potential difficulties you may encounter during an actual firefighter emergency may make the ultimate difference.

SWIFT WATER TRAINING

The Los Angeles County Fire Department protects over 470 miles of flood control channels. Join Fire Captain Bryan Wells as he demonstrates three essential swift water rescue skills to our personnel. With the assistance of Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park, our firefighters train on the “Roaring Rapids” ride to learn and reinforce actual skills that first responders use in a swift water channel rescue. Watch the video to see them perform the “throw bag” technique, set up a “tension diagonal”, and utilize the “inflated fire hose” skill.

USAR and The Flying Horse

The LACoFD Urban Search and Rescue personnel must constantly train to maintain competency and proficiency in all types of rescue scenarios. Fire Captain Dave Norman shows us some of their training at a Large Animal Rescue Drill with partner agencies LA City Fire Department and the Department of Animal Control as well as equestrian volunteers from around the County.

Patriot Hook

Turnout crew member Vic Ting traveled along with CA-TF2 for an annual large scale, multi-day, air mobility and disaster response exercise.  CA-TF2 will again be partnering with the March Air Force Reserve and the U.S. Navy base on San Clemente Island as we exercise our teams readiness for dispatch, response, operations and demobilization during a simulated disaster.

Patriot Hook 2013 is an event where team Readiness, Mobilization, Deployment and Demobilization procedures are reviewed and updated in conjunction with the military and their air mobility experts.

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