Special Operations Command (SOC): Rescue
Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
40 hours (1 week).
June 2018 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to: identify the importance of advance firefighter removal training; analyze case studies and identify lessons learned; identify and apply safe and effective removal methods; work effectively in a team and communicate efficiently during removal operations; operate thermal imaging cameras (tics) safely and effectively during removal operations; identify and apply techniques and strategies for conducting wide area searches; identify and apply safe and effective removal methods for complex operations; and use effective communication and coordination skills during complex firefighter removal operations.
Major topics include: introduction to removal methods, teamwork in removal operations, effective communication techniques, The Springfield Blvd incident, using Thermal Imaging Cameras in removal operations, safety during removal operations, techniques and strategies for conducting wide area searches, and The Walton Ave Fire and Sclafani Fire incidents. Prerequisite: Rescue Technician II (SOC 204) or 5 years active service.
In the upper division baccalaureate division category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Fire Service Administration, or Strategy and Tactics (5/23).
50 hours (1 week).
May 2013 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will hone their dive skills and assume an increased role in planning and organizing dives. Students apply reinforced skills in various conditions of increased difficulty- including: night or low visibility, deep water dives, search and recovery, and surf diving or current diving.
Instruction for the class includes both lecture and practical experiences. This 50-hour course reinforces basic skills, dive planning, dive safety and physiology, skills mastered in Open Water Diver (SOC 251). It also provides an increased role in dive planning and dive practice with an increased degree of difficulty. NOTE: Course requirements exceed the number of dives mandated by National Association of Underwater Instructors NAUI. Prerequisite: Open Water Diver (SOC 251) or equivalent.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/ associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Physical Education, Recreation, or Fire Science (6/18).
Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Service, Emergency Management, or Emergency Medical Services (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Service, Emergency Management, Occupational Health and Safety, or Emergency Medical Services (10/08 revalidation) (7/10 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Fire Science or 2 semester hours in Occupational Health and Safety and 2 semester hours in Building Construction (6/15 revalidation) (6/21 revalidation).
Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: provide care in an austere environment; perform a limited access patient assessment; effectively use the Rescue Medic formulary; construct splints for muscosketal injuries in the austere environment; excel in advanced airway management; demonstrate ventilation and ventilator skills; deliver sedation and pain management to entrapped victims; understand the functionality of capnography; and master the Rescue Medic protocols and display the skills necessary to operate safely in trench, collapse, high angle, confined space and machinery incidents. EMS rescue technicians perform special operations medicine in the field in challenging situations such as limb amputations, blood transfusions, advanced ventilator management, and even canine care. Version 3: Although, version 1 and 2 are the same as version 3, extensive training has been added. Upon successful completion, students will be able to: assess, treat and manage a patient in the special operations environment; recognize and treat common and unique medical conditions encountered in the special operations environment; use specialized medical equipment and medications specific to the Rescue Paramedic program; and safely operate in a technical rescue operation. Students will be certified in the Awareness and Operations Level in the rescue technical disciplines of high-angle/ropes, confined space, collapse and trench rescue. Additionally, students will safely operate in a rescue operation to triage, treat, and assist in the extrication of patients while providing advanced pre-hospital care.
Version 1, 2, and 3: 40 Hours (10 Days).
Version 1: January 1995 - May 2008. Version 2: June 2008 - May 2015. Version 3: June 2015 - Present.
Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: safely mitigate emergencies in high angle environment; learn how to access victims in difficult-to-reach locations and package and remove these patients; demonstrate skills necessary to safely mitigate any high angle emergencies to include scaffolds, elevated structures, shafts, and other high angle environment situations.
Version 1, 2, and 3: Major topics include: rope rescue operations; personal equipment and safety; rope analysis; rescue knots; rescue software; anchoring systems; belay systems; rappel devices/procedures; lowering devices; rappel stations; relay station; pick offs and in-line transfers; patient packaging; patient lowering and raising; M/A (mechanical advantage) systems; rescue evolution-stairwell lowering; rescue evolution-SKED evolution; and stokes basket evolution. Methods of instruction include lecture, audio/visual material, practical evolutions, observations, skills check off, and practical exam.
Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Emergency Management or Emergency Management Services (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education) (10/08 revalidation) (7/10 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science or Physical Education (6/15 revalidation) (6/21 revalidation).
56 hours (7 weeks).
January 2015 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this course, members of Marine Operations will be able to: respond to and mitigate hazardous materials with the Hazardous Materials group; identify hazardous materials, interpret chemical and physical properties and toxicological data, select monitoring devices, appropriate personal protective equipment, and identify appropriate tactics and perform emergency operations safely.
Instruction for the class includes classroom instruction, proficiency examination, and supervised practice. Members learn about various types of marine vessels and the hazards associated with each vessel while also becoming familiar with the hazardous facilities along the city’s waterfront and the tactics required in order to perform effective emergency operations. This training ensures the safety of the residents and visitors to New York City’s five boroughs.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Hazardous Materials, Fire Science, Environmental Health, Public Health, Occupational Health, or Emergency Management (6/18).