Emergency Rescue Shoring Techniques, 2E

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Emergency Rescue Shoring Techniques, 2E

By: John O’Connell

John O’Connell’s Emergency Rescue Shoring Techniques, 2nd ed. is the most complete and up-to-date practical resource on shoring and stabilization of emergency scenes based on the latest FEMA and USACE updates.

His updated edition guides you step by step through the fundamental principles of emergency shoring operations, ensuring safe and efficient search and rescue missions in unstable environments across new shores and variations.

O'Connell provides comprehensive coverage of the aspects involved in shoring and stabilization, emphasizing the maintenance of strength and integrity in structurally damaged or unstable elements. He also carefully explainwith step-by-step graphics how to erect your shores in a collapsed environment. 

More From Inside This Book: 

  • The latest FEMA and USACE updates  
  • Additional shoring options including triple T shore, four post shore, beveled, angled floor vertical, and V-shaped vertical 
  • Interior and exterior shoring procedures 
  • Training on large operations 
  • Operating on sloped surfaces 
  • Safety, stability, and load transferring 

This vital book is suitable for all firefighters, military, and construction personnel, as well as urban search and rescue teams.




Table of Contents


1. An Introduction to Emergency Rescue Shoring Concepts

  • Emergency Rescue Shoring
  • Rescue Shoring Operations Objectives  
  • Concentrated versus Distributed  
  • Basic Rescue Shoring Points  
  • The Shoring System  
  • Shoring Operations: Start-Up Considerations  
  • Shoring Size-Up: Additional Information  
  • Lumber 
  • Length-to-Diameter Ratio 
  • Nails 
  • Wedges 
2. The Use and Training of Rescue Personnel in Shoring Operations 
  • The Shoring Team 
  • Large Operations 
  • Training for the Rescue Shoring Firefighter  

3. Setting Up Your Shoring Operations 

  • Classifying Your Shores 
  • Nails 
  • Cutting Table 
  • Marking Lumber for Cuts 
  • Multiple Lumber Cuts in One Pass 
  • Cutting Sheets of Plywood 
  • Wedges 
  • Prefabricated Headers and Posts 
  • Diagonal Braces and Raker Shores Angles 
  • Determining the Angle of Raker Shores 
  • Calculating Load Weights 

4. Interior Rescue Shoring Procedures 

  • Interior Shoring Size-Up 
  • The Diagonal Brace 
  • The T-Shore 
  • The Door Shore 
  • The Window Shore 
  • The Horizontal Shore 
  • The Laced-Post Shore 
  • The Plywood Laced-Post Shore
  • The Vertical Shore 
  • Two-Post Vertical Shore

5. Exterior Rescue Shoring Procedures 

  • Exterior Rescue Shoring 
  • Load Transfer 
  • Raker Shores 
  • Bad Angle Cut 
  • Splicing Rakers 
  • Raker Bracing Systems 
  • The Flying Shore

6. The Shoring and Cribbing of Sloped Surfaces 

  • The Sloped–Floor Shore
  • Sloped–Floor Shore Type 3 on Ground 
  • Sloped–Floor Shore Cross Bracing and Angles 
  • Box Cribbing
 7. Additional Shoring Options 
  • Triple “T” Shore
  • Four-Post “T” Shore
  • Beveled Raker for Leaning Wall  
  • Thinking Outside the Box  
 8. Tools and Equipment Utilized in Rescue Shoring 
  • Hand Tools 
  • Tool Assignments
Appendix: Tools to Order for a Shoring Operation 
  • Hand Tools 
  • Electrical Tools 
  • Battery-Operated Tools 
  • Initial Shoring Toolbox 


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Published Date:
March 2024