2018 Kansas Rescue Conference

Hands-On Training (Hot) Tracks

Street Smart Rescue Operations – 12 Hours/24 Students

The Technical Rescue world has made great strides over the years with regards to equipment and tactics used to mitigate emergencies involving high risk-low frequency call types. With all the advancements some could argue that we have become too “technical” in Technical Rescue. This hands-on class will take the participant through a fast-paced series of “real world” scenarios that place an emphasis on “safely and quickly getting the job done” utilizing basic equipment and rescue tactics that have been around for years and have stood the test of time. This track focuses on skills that add more “tools to the tool box” for the rescuer who finds themselves in situations requiring quick action but with limited equipment and manpower. Topics to be covered include patient removal above/below grade; stabilization (vehicle/structural); using non-technical rescue personnel in the rescue operation; non-conventional use of conventional fire ground tools in the rescue world; simple rope systems; lifting and moving heavy objects; and much more.       

PREREQUISITES: Basic fire service knots.

PPE REQUIRED: Helmet, gloves, steel toed/shank boots, eye/ear protection, long pants. 

INSTRUCTORS: Larry Hemphill, Salina FD (retired); Chad Winton, Wichita FD; Riley Hawbaker, Salina FD


SCT Refresher/Scenarios – 12 Hours/16 Students

This scenario based track will allow the rescue technician to work as a member of a squad assigned to rescue operations in a variety of complex rescue situations, including structural collapse, trench rescue, confined space rescue, and high/low angle rescue.

PREREQUISITES: Scenarios will require advanced technical rescue techniques and equipment.  To participate fully, participants should have previous exposure to technical rescue operations.

PPE REQUIRED: Helmet, gloves, steel toed/shank boots, eye/ear protection, long pants.  US&R gear or bunker gear, and knee pads are recommended for some operations.

INSTRUCTORS: Bill Schneider, Olathe FD; Chad Small, Chanute FD


Vehicle & Machinery Rescue – 12 Hours/30 Students

This track will include classroom and hands on training on operations level “Multi-Vehicle Highway Incidents”. The intent of the class is to prepare responders for a multi-vehicle pileup on our highways.  Could the large-scale incidents we see on the national news happen in Kansas? The answer is “Yes!”  Icy roads, dense fog, and smoke from grass fires all happen in Kansas and can be major factor in these incidents.  Topics include; scene size-up; resources (TRT’s, law enforcement, EMS, DOT, tow operators); vehicle stabilization; utilizing heavy wreckers; truck/bus extrication tactics; low/high pressure air bags; and advanced extrication techniques to package and move entrapped victims.  Final day involves four (4) hours of “man versus machine” scenarios.

PREREQUISITES: This track is open to all responders.  However, participants should have some background and training in technical rescue in order to participate fully.  Instructors will assess the training and capability of each participant to determine their ability to participate fully or "observe only" in specific portions of the training or evolutions. 

PPE REQUIRED: Helmet, gloves, steel toed/shank boots, eye/ear protection, long pants.  US&R gear or bunker gear and knee pads are recommended for some operations.

INSTRUCTORS: Keith Lindemann, Salina FD; Dru Kellerby, Sedgwick County Fire District #1; Josh Rogers, TNT/Okie Extrication; Curt Searcy, Shawnee FD; Eric Bloomquist, Autohouse Towing.

Advanced Search & Mapping – 12 Hours/12 Students

This is an advanced course focusing on search techniques, search cameras, acoustical listening devices, GPS application in the US&R environment and orienteering skills using a compass.  New this year, the Kansas State University Polytechnic team will conduct an UAV demonstration and will integrate into the squads and participate during the final exercise.   Participants will learn how to set up a Garmin GPS device with the FEMA US&R symbols, mark waypoints, and assess and mark damage with these symbols. Using the field data collected, the students will be familiarized with how the US&R Planning Team will overlay the information onto Google Earth in order to show the extent of damaged areas, thus creating situational understanding at all levels in the ICS structure. Day 2 will consist of a culmination exercise combining all of the skills into a scenario based training event.

PREREQUISITES: Participants should have experience in search operations on a US&R task force or team to benefit fully.

PPE REQUIRED: Helmet, gloves, steel toed/shank boots, eye protection, long pants.

INSTRUCTORS: Jason Hudson, Manhattan FD; Chris Stansberry, Salina FD; Travis Balthazor, Kansas State University; Spencer Schrader, Kansas State University.


Outside the Box - 12 Hours/10 Students

Experience rigging system failures using mannequins and recording forces with dynamometers, dropped object forces, participate in specialized rigging practices to include, but not limited to; edge transitions, pick-off variations to include ground based, mirrored system lowers, counter balance rescues, remote overhead anchoring techniques, knot passing systems, converting from lowers to raises while systems are loaded, anchoring techniques, mainline management of belays, specialized belays, lead climbing, small team industrial rescue techniques,  industrial and specialized fall protection familiarity and usage, to include class driven experimentations of system failures.  Students will assist with rigging setups for drops and participate in rigging and facilitated demonstrations. Specialized medical considerations during HA and CS technical rescues. This program will discuss OSHA, ANSI and NFPA relevant material.  Bring your concerns - we will test them…

Note: If you would like to test and or have a request for experimentation, please contact Kent by email before class to line out the details at kent@rescue360.com

PREREQUISITES: Rescue instructors and/or comparable skill sets that enjoy collaborative testing/training.

PPE REQUIRED: Suspended participants will need; harness, travel restraint, helmet, gloves, and safety glasses. Ground based participants will need; Helmet, gloves, safety glasses; Observers will need; helmet, and safety glasses.

INSTRUCTORS: Kent Saturday, Blake Singleton, Frank Rezac, Brian Box, Rescue 360 LLC/Westar Energy; Gregg Bollella, Johnson County Med-Act.


Basic Boat Operator – 16 hours/20 Students

This is a 2-day course delivered by the Mid America Rescue Company is designed to give participants an understanding of rescue boat operations in both flood and swiftwater.  Students will learn through PowerPoint, demonstration and hands on safety in floodwater, boat operations and maintenance, motor maintenance, boat maneuvering and handling, crew functions, trailering and response.  This course will also qualify students for the Day 3 SWIFTWATER portion in Oklahoma City.  Students are encouraged to bring their agency boats.  NOTE: THIS COURSE RUNS A FULL TWO (2) DAYS.

PREREQUISITES:  Basic water rescue and boat operations awareness.

PPE REQUIRED:  Water rescue equipment including PFD, helmet, wet/dry suit, etc.

INSTRUCTORS: Brian Weatherford, Norman FD; Gregg Merrell, OKC FD; Matt Bell, Tulsa FD; Joseph Frank, OKC PD.

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