New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience
SOC Support Ladder (SOC 305)
Version 1: January 2002 - August 2007. Version 2: September 2007 - September 2012. Version 3: October 2012 - Present.
Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: perform basic rescue operations at the scene of confined space, trench and collapse emergencies; recognize hazards involved at small-scale emergencies and the skills to operate basic tools and equipment safely at the emergency scene. Version 3: Same outcomes as Version 1 and 2; additionally: students will be able to: apply basic technical rescue principles to assess and analyze complex incidents to assure safe and appropriate operations; effectively conduct and assist operations for basic high angle, confined space, collapse, and trench rescue operations; outline various methods to secure, package, and extricate victims in unique situations.
Version 1, 2 and 3: Major topics include: confined space, trench and collapse rescue; knots; patient packaging devices; torch usage; rigging and scene stabilization. Methods of instruction include: lecture, examinations, scenario based skill evolutions, and team/group activities. Course curriculum includes lectures, visual aids and past case studies of FDNY operations including incident identifications, securing the scene and search and rescue.