Technical Rescue Operations, Volume II: Common Emergencies

Larry Collins
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Technical Rescue Operations, Volume II: Common Emergencies

By Larry Collins, Captain, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Technical Rescue Operations, Volume II: Common Emergencies is the second in a series by Larry Collins.

Volume II covers responding to, managing, and conducting rescues in the fire department setting of fire/rescue agencies. This includes the kind of technical rescues that confront firefighters and rescuers on practically a daily basis. This volume also explains how to handle more complex and large-scale rescue operations that challenge responders to apply solid rescue principals for longer periods of time, with the assistance required of additional resources and under more strict command and control because of the scope of the incident, its newsworthiness, crowds of people arriving on the scene, and getting the immediate attention of local or regional elected officials.

Features & Benefits:

  • Learn from the authorities' repeated "once in a career" incidents that are commonplace for busy fire/rescue units such as the L.A. County Fire Department's USAR task force/USAR Company
  • Maximize the base of knowledge developed by leading international rescuers and fire/rescue agencies, taught by a current practitioner assigned as an officer of one of the most experienced and battle-hardened fire department rescue units in the nation
  • Contains "best practices" from fire/rescue agencies from around the world, showing how technical rescues and disasters can be managed better, faster, and safer


  • Preface
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Terrorism
  • Structure Collapse Search and Rescue Operations
  • Water Rescue
  • Mud and Debris Flow Search and Rescue Operations
  • Helicopter Rescue Operations
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • Index

About the Author

Larry Collins has been a captain of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's central USAR Company since 1990. He has been involved in rescue operations worldwide, including the Pentagon collapse during the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City, as well as numerous natural disasters such as the Northridge (CA) earthquake. Collins has been awarded multiple medals of valor for distinguished service.

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