Basic Vehicle Rescue Program Info

Here is some information that you can use as your set-up for your BVR programs…

Important note for class sponsors regarding EMS continuing education credits:  Because of changes to the EMS con-ed registration process, applications for EMS con-ed credits for First Responders, EMT’s, and Paramedics MUST be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the start date of classes.  Most community colleges do NOT submit for con-ed credits, nor do the instructors.  It is incumbent on the sponsoring organization to either submit for them (if the organization is a Con-Ed Sponsor) or contact a local EMS or other agency that is a Con-Ed Sponsor to register the classes.  Also note that new policies in place do NOT allow for students to submit for credits AFTER the fact, so continuing education credits must be submitted for PRIOR to the class.

AWARENESS:

First day (or the first two evening sessions) will be all classroom. Second day will be about an hour in the classroom in the morning, then outside for several hours, and then returning to the classroom for a brief period at the end of the day.

OPERATIONS

First day (or the first two evening sessions) will be classroom in the morning and first part of the afternoon.· There may be some hands-on practical sessions later in the day, but no rescue will be required. Second day will be all outside, however we will need to return to the classroom late in the day for brief time.

TECHNICIAN

First day (or the first two evening sessions) will be classroom in the morning and first part of the afternoon.· There may be some hands-on practical sessions later in the day, but no rescue will be required. Second day will be all outside, however we will need to return to the classroom late in the day for brief time.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:

*Awareness:· A minimum of 6 vehicle that can be pre-staged as follows: 1 on 4 wheels, 1 on it’s side, 1 on it’s roof, 2 vehicles stacked, and 1 extra.· NOTE – we will not cut these vehicles.· Minimal damage will be done to them and they can be used for Operations class.

*Operations:· The 6 cars from the Awareness program for up to 18 students;·18-24 students – add 2 additional cars; 25-30 – ·add 4 additional.· We may not cut all of these, however having them available enhances the ability to show additional skills, etc.· Vehicles left over (not destroyed) can be saved for technician.

*Technician:· Any vehicles left over from Ops, plus others to get the following quantities:· Up to 18 students = 10; 18-24 students = 12; 24-30 students = 14.· Some of these vehicles will end up not being totally destroyed, so this will allow for agencies/students to have these for some follow-up practice on drill nights, etc.

For all of the programs, it is helpful to have a loader or something similar to move/stage the vehicles.· If you do not have access to one, we will make do.· You may want to check to see if any of the students have one, etc.   Note:· These numbers may seem high, but I find that to maximize the learning benefit to the students and give them quality practical time, I ask for these numbers.· If you start early enough, you should be able to get close to that amount.··If you find yourself having difficulty, we can work around some of it.

RESCUE TRUCK REQUIREMENTS:·

We will need 2 well-equipped rescues for 18-24 students.· If we push closer to the 30 number, if a 3rd one can be obtained that might be helpful.· At the end of each practical day, I will make all students responsible for assisting with clean-up, etc. to get the units back in service.

*Awareness:· 2nd day only.· I can be flexible this day in saying that as long as one of the units “commits to the day”, any others can remain in-service from the training grounds.· I need to be aware if the unit(s) are “in-service” so that we can utilize them appropriately.

*Operations:· For the second day, rescues will need to be “committed” so Chiefs should arrange standby coverage, move-ups appropriately.

*Technician:· For the second day, rescues will need to be “committed” so Chiefs should arrange standby coverage, move-ups appropriately.· I also have access to additional caches of hydraulic rescue tools through several sales reps if needed.· We can discuss this further – again I want every student to get as much “hands-on” as possible.

For both Operations and Technician programs, please have a minimum of 3 long backboards, straps, and head immobilization devices to be used for patient care and packaging!

CLASSROOM:

Classroom facilities will be needed for each of the classes.  In choosing a facility keep the following in mind:Tables and chairs to comfortably seat all students.

*Large table in front to my material, equipment, and disorganized filing system. *Projection screen or white wall. *White/black board – although not required – are helpful. *LCD Projector and Computer with USB ports· **If you do not have these, I have access to them.

LUNCHES:  I can be flexible with lunches as necessary.  I do not – in any way, shape, or form – underestimate the power of the ladies auxiliary to make my life miserable if lunch is ready and I am not.  The second day of awareness will be a later lunch (1300-1330 or so).  The second day of ops and tech would be better if we can eat at the location we are working on the cars.

…And I hate to have to bring this up…

(PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THIS AND SHARE THIS WITH ALL STUDENTS!)

But I have had some issues in the past so this is what we (all my instructors) have agreed to on the subject…  With the exception of where classes are set-up “by design” to afford students the chance to do so, I am not planning on doing any “make-up sessions”.  First, this may sound selfish, but I don’t get anything extra for doing them, and the travel issue alone negates it with most programs anyway.  My comments at the start of all classes will be that you can only miss a small portion of the classroom sessions (and I really don’t even want that) and NONE of the outdoor sessions to get credit for a program.  If I sound like a hard-nose on this, I guess I am.  If the students REALLY want to learn the art of vehicle rescue, they will make sure their butts are there.

Not saying that I am·totally inflexible, because if the largest fire in your district in 20 years occurs during class, I will be more than happy to go along and pump for you, but that is the exception, not the rule.·