When it comes to technical rescue in the greater Fairmont area, Marion County Rescue Squad is there.
MCRS’s Five Disciplines of Technical Rescue
At Marion County Rescue Squad being a patient transporter means you need to be ready for any situation. Sometimes rescuing means more than providing CPR or BLS (basic life support). It involves going above and beyond to ensure the safety of the public and our fellow medics, drivers and first responders. Whether it’s helping civilians or other lifesaving agencies with major or minor incidents, the five areas that MCRS specializes in include:
Rope rescue involves much more than learning how to tie a knot (which is a part of the process). It means knowing site control techniques and being able to identify fall hazards (or other hazards) at a rescue site. It involves response planning and incident management so a desperate situation doesn’t become tragic.
Vehicle and Machinery Search and Rescue (SAR)
Vehicle and machinery search and rescue knowledge involves many factors. These can include making sure rescuers can identify their role at the scene of an incident, recognizing general hazards and understanding the resources needed to conduct operations. It also includes site control, traffic control and overall scene management.
Wilderness Search and Rescue (SAR)
Wilderness search and rescue emergencies present hazards not found on city streets. So it’s important that techs are skilled at how to reduce those risks. At times, it involves effective problem-solving and decision-making skills when time is of the essence.
Surface Water Rescue
Surface water rescue involves a victim who is afloat on the surface of a body of water (lake, river, etc.) Skills could include search techniques, rope rescue and emergency care. It may also require a practical knowledge of confined space, swift-water and dive recovery, in some cases.
Structures can fall and when they do techs need to recognize building construction types and their collapse characteristics. In addition to general hazards, rescuers need to know about FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) standards, victim locating and how to remove victims properly after a structural collapse incident.