Review about the new Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide Ed. 5 2017

What’s New in the Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide Edition 5?

Dale Stewart of AHS Rescue is pleased to announce that we now have available the latest edition of this must have guide for technical rescue personnel, the Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide, Edition 5.  Read more to see what’s new in this critical handbook for work at height safety.    

The Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide was originally published in 1999, written by author Tom Pendley and the Phoenix Fire Department, with contributions from all surrounding and statewide fire departments in Arizona.   

Tom Pendley is a native of Arizona and grew up watching the fire department conduct rope rescue in his own backyard. He was a member of the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA), the Peoria AZ Fire Department, and taught many rescue courses for the Arizona State Fire Marshal Office (ASFMO).

This latest Edition 5 is the most recent update since Edition 4, which was published in 2011.  There will always be advancements in the technology, equipment and techniques utilized for high angle rope rescue, as well as changes to NFPA standards, requiring rescuers to stay educated and trained on new industry developments.  

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The Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide is a best-selling guide that has become the industry standard in technical rescue procedures and operations, covering all technical rescue disciplines including:

  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Tower Rescue - Both Utility & Cellular
  • Structural Collapse
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Palm Tree Rescue
  • Helicopter Operations

Mutual Aid Guide for Continuity in Technical Rescue Operations

From the very beginning, the Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide aimed to reinforce the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Phoenix Fire Department and the entire state of Arizona, with continuity in Technical Rescue Operations.  The Phoenix Fire Department was given the responsibility of creating a technical rescue response program for the state of Arizona, based on mutual aid from many local and statewide fire departments.  

Use of this field operations guide provides a higher degree of success to first responders state-wide with continuity among first responding teams in various cities including: Flagstaff, Tucson, Show Low, Bullhead City, Phoenix fire that includes Superstations, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria and many others.

All fire departments in Arizona, and now fire departments across the United States are using this one common mutual aid guide created by the Phoenix Fire Department to support technical rescue operations.  

Pocket Guide for Quick and Easy Access

One additional goal of this Field Operations Guide was intended to keep the information simple and easy to access, without too many pages, and with clear illustrations.  The condensed pocket guide is a snapshot of disciplines for the certified Technician, incorporating guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards NFPA 1006, NFPA 1670, and NFPA 1983, all which recently underwent 2017 revisions.  

NFPA 1006 / NFPA 1670 / NFPA 1983

NFPA 1006: 2017 Edition

NFPA 1006 is the Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, which establishes the minimal job performance requirements, (JPRs), for fire and emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations safely and effectively.   This standard provides guidelines for many technical rescue operations, including rope rescue, confined space, structural collapse, subterranean, wilderness, vehicle, machinery and trench.    

The 2017 Edition includes the following enhancements:

  • Adds chapters for Floodwater, Helicopter, Tower, Animal and Watercraft rescue with more comprehensive coverage addressing personnel requirements.

  • Updates the minimum JPRs, refined for all positions within the standard’s scope

  • Rescuer training levels are revised from Level I and II to Awareness, Operations and Technician, which align with NFPA 1670.

NFPA 1670: 2017 Edition

NFPA 1670 is the Standard regarding Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, which establishes and identifies levels of functional requirements to efficiently conduct technical search and rescue operations while reducing dangerous threats to rescuers.  

The 2017 Edition of NFPA 1670 underwent a significant restructuring, with a joint task group working to correlate material from NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1670, aligning chapters when possible.  In the 2017 Edition of both NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1670, Chapter 5 covers Rope Rescue, Chapter 6 covers Structural Collapse Search and Rescue, and Chapter 7 is on Confined Space Search and Rescue.  

NFPA 1983: 2017 Edition

NFPA 1983, the Standard for Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services comes from the manufacturer’s testing and development to assure the end user they are indeed getting a consistent performance from each piece of equipment so it may be used safely in a range of rescue situations.  NFPA for Emergency Services specifies the requirements for equipment including rescue and safety rope used by emergency and rescue personnel during rescue, fire-fighting, training and other emergency procedures.  NFPA 1983 details the minimum design, testing, performance, and certification requirements of rescue equipment including:

  • Life safety harnesses
  • Belts
  • Safety rope
  • Escape rope
  • Escape webbing and systems
  • Water rescue throw lines
  • Victim extrication devices
  • Litters
  • Additional equipment required for rescue and emergency personnel

Even though rescue professionals undergo extensive field training, they must have access to refer to code requirements.  It would be impossible to refer to these NFPA standards every time you had a rescue operation and you wanted to double check a requirement.  The 2017 Edition of the Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide has you covered with a convenient pocket guide for easy access while in the field.   

Edition 5 of Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide Available at AHS Rescue

The 2017 Edition 5 of the Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide is now available at AHS Rescue.  This guide is a must have for any Rope Rescue Technician following both National and Statewide NFPA Standards.

Edition 5 includes twenty additional pages on:

  • CMC Rescue 3D Descender
  • Petzl ASAP at the anchor for belay of 550 lb. loads
  • Climbing rescues on structures
  • Updated anchor section

And many more updated enhancements.

Remember to purchase all your NFPA, OSHA and ANSI approved equipment from AHS Rescue, and contact us for all High Angle, Rope Rescue, Tower and Utility Worker and Confined Space training.  AHS Rescue leads the industry with decades of experience providing safety to those who work at height with training and equipment that lives depend on.