Throughout the week of June 1, 2009, members of various Humboldt County public safety agencies participated in a hands-on disaster preparedness course. This training, know as “Rescue Systems I”, is designed to teach emergency workers the fundamentals of rescuing community members from damaged or collapsed buildings which might be caused by either building fatigue, or man-made disasters.
During the class, students learned techniques on high and low angle rope rescue, structural breaching and debris removal, movement of heavy objects without mechanized equipment, building shoring and stabilization, and patient packaging and removal. The training culminated June 5th with a full-scale building collapse simulation where students tested their newly developed skills.
The class was coordinated by Eureka Fire Department and was funded through an Office of Homeland Security grant. Coordination and logistical support were also provided by the Humboldt County Office of Education and Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services.