August 29, 2012, Humboldt Bay Fire was successful in obtaining site accreditation from the California State Fire Marshal’s Office to teach an advanced structural collapse course known as Rescue Systems II. This class further enhances local emergency responder capabilities to respond to natural or man-made disasters. This accreditation is the culmination of an 18 month effort to both acquire specialized equipment and build the necessary props for class instruction. All of this was accomplished in cooperation with the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services who procured the grant funding necessary to support purchase of the needed tools and equipment.
Due to our areas’ proximity to major fault lines we are predisposed to events which may cause catastrophic damage to residences, commercial buildings, and critical infrastructure. This class provides students with knowledge and techniques required to stabilize structures and extricate victims from debris. The skills taught in this course including shoring of partially collapsed structures, lifting of heavy unstable objects, breaking and breaching, hot cutting of steel, installing anchoring and mechanical advantage systems, and concrete cutting within confined spaces.