This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct advanced exterior shoring operations at large-scale structural collapse incidents. You will expand your shoring knowledge learned in the 80-hour Structural Collapse Technician course by constructing large and complex exterior shoring systems in Disaster City®.
The skills learned in this course are applicable at structural collapses involving multi-story, heavily-reinforced structures such as office buildings and large apartment complexes. Activities include multiple simulated operational periods in which you will employ skills learned during the course.
This course is one of the requirements for the Urban Search and Rescue Specialist Certificate program.
Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in this course.
TopicsRescuer Safety+Exterior Shoring Size-up and Shoring systems+Building Construction as Related to Disaster Situations+Large Exterior Raker Shores (Both Single and Multiple Insertion Points)+Advanced 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 Raker Shores+Raked Wall Raker Shores+Compound Raker Shores+Double-Insertion Split-Sole Raker System+Triple Insertion Point Solid-Sole Raker System
This course has been developed for city, state, and federal US&R responders. The target audience also includes all emergency responders from municipal and industrial agencies tasked with conducting advancing shoring operations at large-scale structural collapse incidents.
Participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines/services:
- Fire Service (FS)
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Law Enforcement (LE)
- Industrial Customers (IND)
- Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civilian Support Teams (WMD-CST)
- CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP) Teams
- Homeland Response Forces (HRF)
- Army and Air National Guard (ANG)
- State Guard Forces
Government Programs, Certifications and AccreditationsGSA contract number: GS-07F-0357V. GSA customers, to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 878-8900.
Continuing Education & Professional Credits
Travel and Personal Protective Equipment
Participants should plan travel to arrive the night before classes begin. Classes will begin at 7 a.m. on the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made. Classes will begin at 7 a.m. on the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made. 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
Additionally, you are encouraged to bring your issued Class 3 Life-Safety Harness that meets the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1983 standard. If you do not have a Class 3 Harness, we can provide one during the course.
Courses are offered in two ways:
- 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 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 of 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 Brian Smith at the TEEX/ESTI Rescue Program at (979) 458-5636.