by Ray Downey, Sr., Battalion Chief, Special Operations, FDNY; FEMA USAR Team
Chief Ray Downey has developed city and national rescue teams, and has been involved in numerous rescue operations, including the bombing of the World Trade Center, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and various natural disasters. He offers guidelines and recommendations on how to start a rescue company, the equipment needed, and the operational planning that is necessary for company development. Specific rescue company response incidents are also discussed.
Part I: Getting started – the rescue company and its people • What rescue is about • Recruiting and staffing • Rescue apparatus • Tools and equipment • State-of-the-art equipment • Maintenance of tools and equipment • Training Part II: Rescue incidents • Impalement • Operating on air • Buried victims • Elevators • Air bags • Utilizing the rescue company • Water rescue teams • Confined space • Vehicle accidents Part III: Operations and planning • Rescue operational plan • Rope and rigging • Treating victims • Concrete • Planning for major operations