Boise Fire Technical Specialty Teams prepare, train after foothills car emergency

So many of our followers are also Technical Rescue.  Here is a great look at the men and women of Boise Fire.

According to Sarah Jacobsen of CBS:

After the foothills car emergency Wednesday, the Boise Fire Technical Specialty Teams look to train and prepare for similar incidents in the future.

“When it comes to specialty rescue, they are not high frequency, but they are high consequence,” explains Steve Rasulo, Boise Fire Department battalion chief.

“So when we do some of the training that we are doing in the fire service nowadays we are putting our members under training circumstances immediately in harm’s way,” said Chief Rasulo.

They don’t train often, but it is extremely necessary.

That’s why Chief Rasulo said they train specialized teams in the event of a trench collapse, a structure collapse, and emergencies just like what we saw less than 24 hours ago.

“That’s approximately a 15 foot drop and that’s a long way down,” explains Chief Rasulo. “And, while it didn’t require a great deal of specialty rescue, it does highlight some of the problems we do contend with both locally and across the region.”

But, Chief Rasulo says that’s why Boise Fire depends on extensive training for both response and use of specialty rescue equipment.

“We start thinking about the mountain bikers, the hikers and the runners we have a foothills response,” says Chief Rasulo.

That involves a three-step process, locating the accident, determining the severity of injuries, and how to get them out of where they are at.

“Because it goes into the foothills, we add additional resources, we run an electric motorcycle, and that is our rabbit so to speak. It goes out an locate the patient,” explains Chief Rasulo.

Along with an ATV and UTV for rough terrain emergency response, Chief Rasulo says this engine is specially equipt for every type of emergency, though varied, each a specialized and necessary life-saving tool.

From search cameras, specialty chainsaws that can cut through concrete, and extrication devices both big and small.

Chief Rasulo said his team is trained with every specialty tool and piece of equipment. and that’s not all.

“Members of the technical rescue team are trained in rope rescue, high angle rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, and structural collapse,” explains Chief Rasulo.

On top of their basic fire training, Rasulo said the team has an additional 200 hours of initial training for this equipment along with weekly trainings.

Ensuring they are ready to go before their next call comes in.

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