NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue
Abstract: This standard identifies and establishes levels of training
for safely and effectively conducting operations at structural collapse
The requirements of this standard apply to organizations that provide
primary response to structural collapse incidents.
The purpose of this standard is to assist the authority having jurisdiction
in assessing a structural collapse hazard within the response area, to identify
the level of operational capability, and to establish training and safety
criteria. The performance objectives of this standard shall be permitted
to be achieved in a variety of ways.
This standard was developed to define levels of preparation and operational
capability that should be achieved by any authority having jurisdiction
that has responsibility for search and rescue operations at structural collapse
incidents. These defined levels provide an outline for a system to manage
an incident efficiently and effectively in order to maximize personnel safety,
the successful rescue of victims, and the eventual termination of the event.
The system should be followed to increase the capabilities of the authority
having jurisdiction to deal successfully with even the most complex incident.
The system progresses from the simple basic operational level to the light
and medium operational levels, and finally to the complex heavy operational
level. It should be understood that, as the system expands, the requirements
for training, operational skills, management ability, and types and amounts
of equipment also expand.
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