NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents

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Enhance the safety of emergency personnel responding to technical search and rescue incidents with NFPA 1670.

Consider the many natural and manmade disasters of recent years: Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The 2010 Haiti earthquake. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

With events like these seemingly on the rise, NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents is more essential than ever. This document identifies and establishes levels of functional capability for conducting operations safely and effectively while minimizing threats to rescuers.

NFPA 1670 is a must for professionals in organizations providing technical search and rescue at the awareness, operations or technician level. It regulates incidents involving rope rescue, structural collapse, confined space entry, floodwater, urban search and rescue, mines, tunnels, and much more.

The fundamentals of technical rescue covered in this document include:

  • Conducting hazard identification and risk assessments
  • Planning for incident response (e.g. addressing rescuer safety, operational capability, and equipment and training needs)
  • Determining the level of functional capability for a rescue organization that could be involved in a technical search and rescue incident

New chapters in the 2014 edition of NFPA 1670 address:

  • Tower rescue: the hazards of removing ill or injured people from manmade tower structures
  • Animal rescue: the risks of rescuing injured or entrapped animals, and the adoption of the PETS Act

Keep up with the latest safety guidelines for technical search and rescue operations. Order your copy of NFPA 1670 today. (Softbound, 108 pp., 2014)

NFPA® 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents 2014 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Equivalency
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 General Requirements
4.1 General
4.2 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
4.3 Incident Response Planning
4.4 Equipment
4.5 Safety
Chapter 5 Rope Rescue
5.1 General Requirements
5.2 Awareness Level
5.3 Operations Level
5.4 Technician Level
Chapter 6 Structural Collapse Search and Rescue
6.1 General Requirements
6.2 Awareness Level
6.3 Operations Level
6.4 Technician Level
Chapter 7 Confined Space Search and Rescue
7.1 General Requirements
7.2 Awareness Level
7.3 Operations Level
7.4 Technician Level
Chapter 8 Vehicle Search and Rescue
8.1 General Requirements
8.2 Awareness Level
8.3 Operations Level
8.4 Technician Level
Chapter 9 Water Search and Rescue
9.1 General Requirements
9.2 Awareness Level
9.3 Operations Level
9.4 Technician Level
Chapter 10 Wilderness Search and Rescue
10.1 General Requirements
10.2 Awareness Level
10.3 Operations Level
10.4 Technician Level
Chapter 11 Trench and Excavation Search and Rescue
11.1 General Requirements
11.2 Awareness Level
11.3 Operations Level
11.4 Technician Level
Chapter 12 Machinery Search and Rescue
12.1 General Requirements
12.2 Awareness Level
12.3 Operations Level
12.4 Technician Level
Chapter 13 Cave Search and Rescue
13.1 General Requirements
13.2 Awareness Level
13.3 Operations Level
13.4 Technician Level
Chapter 14 Mine and Tunnel Search and Rescue
14.1 General Requirements
14.2 Awareness Level
14.3 Operations Level
14.4 Technician Level
Chapter 15 Helicopter Search and Rescue
15.1 General Requirements
15.2 Awareness Level
15.3 Operations Level
15.4 Technician Level
Chapter 16 Tower Rescue
16.1 Prerequisites
16.2 General Requirements
16.3 Awareness Level
16.4 Operations Level
16.5 Technician Level
Chapter 17 Animal Technical Rescue
17.1 General Requirements
17.2 Awareness Level
17.3 Operations Level
17.4 Technician Level
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Sloping and Benching
Annex C Structural Types
Annex D Sample Course Outlines
Annex E External Resources
Annex F Hazards Found in Structural Collapse
Annex G Structural Hazard Evaluation
Annex H Classification of Spaces by Types
Annex I Excavation Requirements and Soil Types
Annex J Building Collapse Patterns
Annex K Animal Technical Rescue
Annex L Informational References