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New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Confined Space Rescue Operations (SOC 201)

Location: 
New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.
Length: 

Versions 1, 2, and 3: 40 hours (4 days).

Dates: 
Version 1: January 1995 - November 2007. Version 2: December 2007 - December 2012. Version 3: January 2013 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: perform the rescue of a trapped victim of a structural collapse; and mitigate confined space emergencies through the use of knots, riggings, and safe victim hauling techniques. Version 3: Same as in Version 1 and 2, additionally: apply confined space rescue skills to assess and analyze a confined space incident; effectively conduct rescue operations to safely secure and extricate victims; identify various techniques to secure area; and protect rescuers during rescue operations.

Instruction: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Major topics covered in the course include: personal protective equipment; incident command system; confined space rescue hazards; confined space awareness; atmospheric monitoring; rope and other software; confined space knots; lowering systems operations; belay (safety) systems operations; patient packaging; anchoring systems; retrieval systems operations; and mechanical advantage theory applications. Methods of instruction include: lectures, audio/visual material, hands-on activities, practical skills evolution, observations, tests, and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Service Technology, or Emergency Management (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education).  Version 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Service Technology, Emergency Management, or Occupational Health and Safety (11/07) (10/08 revalidation) (7/10 revalidation) (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation). 

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