The course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform search and rescue operations at a passenger train or commuter train disaster. This course is taught in conjunction with Amtrak Emergency Response and the curriculum has been developed in cooperation with Amtrak. Participants will have significant hands-on skill scenarios in the Transportation Disaster Training Area (TDTA) located at Disaster City® in College Station, Texas. The TDTA contains a seven-car Amtrak passenger car derailment. Participants have an opportunity to learn multiple rescue techniques that are unique to passenger rail disasters.
The course is five days long with eight-hours of training each day, for a total of 40 hours.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be issued a TEEX Certificate of Completion. Participants not able to complete all portions of this course will be issued a TEEX Certificate of Attendance.
This course qualifies as an elective requirement for the Urban Search and Rescue Specialist Certificate program.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
Prior to attending this course, participants should:
Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in these courses.
TopicsRescuer Safety on Scene+Passenger Rail Components & Terminology+Scene Management+Initial Actions at Passenger Rail Incidents+Rescue Operations Strategy and Tactics+Establishing Triage, Treatment, and Transportation+Patient Packaging and Extrication Techniques+Ladder and Rope Access at Passenger Rail Incidents+Torch and Hot-Cutting Techniques at Passenger Rail Incidents+Rescue Support Operations+Stabilization, Lifting, and Cribbing Techniques+Multiple Day and Night Rescue Scenarios+Case Studies of Previous Passenger Rail Incidents
This course has been developed for city, state, and federal responders. Emergency responders from municipal agencies tasked with responding to passenger rail incidents.
Participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines/services:
- Fire Service (FS)
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Law Enforcement (LE)
- State or City Transit System Responders
Continuing Education & Professional Credits
Travel and Personal Protective Equipment
Participants should plan travel to arrive the night before classes begin. The course delivery is at Disaster City? in College Station, Texas. Responders that will be training on the rubble pile or inside of structures at Disaster City? are required to bring the following items to the course:
- Helmet, must be ANSI rated Z89.1-Type 1 with headlamp
- Steel toe safety boots, must be ANSI Z41 PT99 M1/75 C/75
- Eye protection, must be ANSI Z87.1
- Work gloves (leather or extrication gloves)
- Standard work/duty clothing including long-sleeve shirts for every day of class
- Raingear suitable for search and rescue operations. Class exercises are conducted in rain or shine.
- Knee pads and elbow pads
- Hand held flashlight and extra batteries
Courses are offered in two ways: (Except during the Annual Spring Fire School, see info below)
- Open enrollment is open to any agency listed above. These courses must have a minimum of 20 and can have a maximum of 30 participants. This course typically has a broad cross section of responders from across the nation and offers an excellent ability for lessons learned from other departments.
- Contract classes: We can provide this course exclusively for a jurisdiction or region. When conducting contract classes, we can provide additional tailored curriculum and field exercises based on the requirements of the contracting jurisdiction.
Grant funding information
Jurisdictions that receive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding from their State Administrative Agency (SAA) (e.g. Urban Area Security Initiatives [UASI], Strategic Highway Safety Plans [SHSP], etc.) may be able to utilize those funds to pay for TEEX/ESTI courses. Since states have varying processes and procedures for utilizing grant funds to take US&R training, the best resource will be your city or county administrator or comptroller for homeland security grant funding.
Jurisdictions requiring assistance in establishing regional search and rescue capabilities in the areas of Structural Collapse, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) response, and Water Rescue are encouraged to contact the TEEX/ESTI Rescue Program.
PPE Level: PPE Level 2 see above for other PPE equipment
Monday - Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - Noon
Course Limit: 30 Students
Annual School Registration information: Annual Schools require that you use the registration form. You can print the Annual School registration form and mail it with a check, or fax it to (979)
847-9304 with an approved/signed Purchase Order. Only Annual School registration forms will be accepted.
Late Registration Fee:
A late fee of $50.00 will be assessed to payments made after the registration deadline for the Annual Municipal School classes.