Thursday, December 27, 2012

TEEX Diaster Technical Search Specialist Course

April 18 – April 22, 2011: The slideshow showcases the various equipment and techniques learned in this 40-hour TEEX course.

Monday, April 11, 2011

TEEX Advanced Structural Collapse 4 Course Slideshow

March 28 - April 1, 2011: The slideshow showcases the various interior and vertical shores as well as the tiebacks that we were required to construct during this 50-hour course.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

High Angle Rope Rescue Training

Members from four companies of the Boston Fire Department’s technical rescue companies participated in this year’s high angle rope rescue program. The classroom instruction and equipment familiarization training was conducted at the Special Operations Command's training facility in Brighton. The practical applications were conducted at the tower behind Engine 2 and Ladder 19's quarters in South Boston.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Trench Collapse Rescue Training

Members of the Boston Fire Department’s seven technical rescue companies, as well as members from the Cambridge and Quincy fire departments, participated in this year’s trench collapse program. The members trained on rescuing victims from a straight wall trench as well as T and L trenches. The classroom instruction and equipment familiarization training was conducted at the BFD’s training academy on Moon Island and the trench collapse scenarios were conducted on Long Island.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

BioPak 240R Refresher

Members from two of the Boston Fire Department’s seven technical rescue companies attend Biomarine BioPak 240 Revolution closed circuit SCBA refresher training for tunnel rescue. The firefighters must breathe the SCBA for a minimum of one hour. According to OSHA 1910.800, Underground Construction, rescue teams must review the use and limitations of breathing apparatus not less than annually.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Training Setbacks

Tough Times In these tough economic times, people only have enough money to spend on the bare necessities. And that includes the fire service. The division that the Boston Fire Department’s Special Operations Command (SOC) is attached to had to cut its expenditures by ten percent. As you can imagine, that expenditure cut has affected our equipment purchases, out-of-state travel for training and our ability to pay overtime for our technical rescue and hazmat adjunct instructors that augment our SOC cadre.

In addition, we’re losing SOC’s current training facility due to a Harvard University building project called the Harvard Allston Science Complex. Harvard has been gracious enough to let us use another of its buildings in the adjacent Brighton neighborhood. However, we’ll be starting from scratch as far as preparing the building for training. Offices and classrooms have to be built as well as replicating the training props.

There was a glimmer of light that came through those dark clouds in the beginning of the week. We had a windfall of $350,000 that has been earmarked to spend on equipment for our seven technical rescue companies. That was good news. The money came by way of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding to the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR).

We’re taking it one step at a time toward re-establishing ourselves. With any luck, we’re be back up and running in a couple of months.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

1st WMD CST RIT Operations

The Boston Fire Department’s Special Operations Command (SOC) Technical Rescue Section collaborated with the Massachusetts 1st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (1st WMD CST) on Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) operations. The 1st WMD CST was interested in sending some of its members through our training props and we were happy to accommodate them.

The 1st WMD CST members navigated through our wire entanglement and low profile props. In addition, we set up a basic rescue scenario for them in our 2-story 40’ x 20’ maze building and our duplex collapse building.

Though the 1st WMD CST does not operate its RITs the same way as the Boston Fire Department, the fundamental principle is the same – have a RIT standing by at an incident ready to rescue one of its members should the need arise.