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ID
8-509-1133
Name
Medical Search and/or Rescue Technician
Status
Published
Version
1.4
Updated
5/22/2020 11:51:12 AM
Original Release
11/01/2006
Last Major Release
05/22/2020
NQS Position
Resource Category
Search and Rescue
Primary Core Capability
Mass Search and Rescue Operations
Secondary Core Capability
Public and Private Services and Resources
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Medical Search and/or Rescue Technician provides SAR-specific medical capabilities for team members and rescues during SAR-related operations
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
 
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1A Medical Search and/or Rescue Technician provides SAR-specific medical capabilities for team members and rescues during SAR related operations in their credential-specific disciplines, such as search and/or rescue, urban, disaster wilderness, mountain, stillwater, swiftwater, and other types of incidents.
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) EMT-B, or higher level
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Fulfillment of requirement(s) as stated In all the following applicable discipline specific standard(s): 1. NFPA 1670 Awareness Level Training, including: a. General Requirements b. Confined Space SAR, and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR c. Water SAR Operations d. Structural Collapse, and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR e. Trench and Excavation SAR and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR f. Rope Rescue 2. NFPA 1006: Standard for Rescue Technician (2003), including: a. General Requirements b. Confined Space SAR, and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR c. Water SAR Operations d. Structural Collapse, and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR e. Trench and Excavation SAR, and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR f. Rope Rescue g. Duties of the Entrant per 29 CFR 1910.146, and/or applicable industry equivalent such as mine (MSHA) or cave (NCRC) SAR 3. NFPA 472 HazMat Operations and/or OSHA 1910.120(Q)(6)(ii), HazMat Operations Training or equivalent basic instruction on responding to and operating in a CBRNE incident 4. SAR-medical training specific to the area of practice (wilderness, alpine, canine, disaster, water, urban, collapse, etc.) Completion of the following baseline criteria: 5. OSHA 1910.120 and/or 1910.134(f), Respiratory Protection 6. Risk assessment 7. Hazard mitigation 8. PPE 9. Use of related tools and devices 10. Medical triage 11. Medical conditions common to SAR incidents such as lacerations, fractures, shock, crush injury and crush syndrome, burns, penetrating and blunt trauma, head injuries, respiratory embarrassment, hyper/hypothermia, and infections. They must also have experience treating common medical emergencies, eye injuries, minor orthopedic injuries, etc. 12. General rescue operations at structural collapse sites, landslides, hurricanes, wilderness, mountain, and other such incidents, as appropriate for the location Completion of the following: 13. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 14. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200. 15. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction Recommended: 1. NFPA 472 HazMat Operations and/or OSHA 1910.120 (Q)(6)(ii), HazMat Operations Training or equivalent basic instruction on responding to and operating in a CBRNE incident 2. Certified in Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), Acute Trauma Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) regimens, or equivalent 3. FEMA/US&R Medical Team Training course or equivalent. 4. FEMA/US&R WMD Considerations for Medical Specialists, or equivalent 5. SAR-medical training specific to area of practice (wilderness, disaster, etc.). 6. DOJ Emergency Response to Terrorism, Basic Concepts, or equivalent. 7. GPS Awareness Level course 8. FEMA/US&R WMD Enhanced Operations, or equivalent 9. Continuing education requirements for training. 10. Recommend recertification and verification of all training listed above. 11. Recommend development of continuing education requirements for training 12. Maintain currency every 3 years
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Recommended: 1. Actively practicing pre-hospital care on a regular basis 2. Position taskbooks that validate and verify (by AHJ) demonstrated ability to perform required skills in exercises and/or actual incidents every 5 years or as dictated by need.
Physical/Medical FitnessThat NFPA 1582, Standard on Medical Requirements for Fire Fighters, as recommended by NFPA 1006, be adopted. Where necessary, additional inoculations specific to the incident environment may be required.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following baseline criteria: 1. Minimum physical fitness standards as required by the AHJ Recommended: Fulfillment of requirement(s) as stated in the following standard(s): 1. NFPA 1582, Standard on Medical Requirements for Fire Fighters, or equivalent
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Certification: 1. EMT-B per NFPA 1006(2003) A-3-3.5 or higher 2. Certified for confined space entry in accordance with OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.146 Confined Space Entry Permit , as necessary Recommended Certification: EMT-P per NFPA 1006(2003) A-3-3.5 or higher
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
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Notes
References
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