Technical Rescue – Part IV

The typical demands associated with the response to a site-specific collapse rescue incident or a region-wide disaster with collapse considerations can quickly overwhelm even the largest of emergency service agencies.

  • Lumber Yards
  • Contractor Wholesale Firms
  • Hardware Supply Firms
  • Rental Service and Supply Companies
  • Grocers & Food Suppliers
  • Utility Companies
  • Portable Shelter & Tent Firms
  • Fuel Distributors
  • Fire Equipment & Supply Firms (local/regional)
  • Power Tool Suppliers
  • Office Supply Companies
  • Computer Equipment Companies
  • Clothing Supply Vendors
  • Building Materials Supply Firms
  • Medical Supply Companies
  • Compressed Gases Supply Distributors
  • Bag, Burlap, Canvas Mfg.
  • Battery Distributors
  • Chemical Supply and Distributor Companies
  • Ice Supply Vendors


  • Banquet & Party Supply Companies
  • Catering Companies
  • Transportation Service Companies
  • Buses; Public, Private; School Districts
  • Tree and Debris Removal Firms
  • Portable Restroom Supply Companies
  • Towing Services Firms
  • Tire Distributors/Repair Firms
  • Aviation/Helicopter Services
  • Glass/Windshield Repair Companies
  • Rubbish/Dumpster Suppliers & Haulers
  • Trucking and Leasing Companies
  • Beverage Supply and Distributors
  • All-terrain/ATV Firms
  • Boat Supply Companies
  • Baking Companies
  • Tool Sharpening Firms
  • Equipment Repair Companies
  • Small Engine Repair Companies
  • Awning & Canopy Mfg. Firms
  • Bottled Water Distributors
  • Bulk Ice Distributors
  • Fencing Companies

Technical Support Services
Local & Regional professional societies, associations and trade groups

  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Society of Consulting Engineers
  • Association of Building Contractors
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • American Public Works Association
  • Association of General Contractors
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Association of Engineering Geologists
  • Building Code Officials & Fire Marshal Associations
  • Construction Specification Institute
  • Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
  • International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers
  • International Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Physicians & Surgeons Professional Associations

General Contractors

  • Demolition Contractors
  • Excavation Contractors
  • Drilling & Boring Contractors
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Steel Erectors & Fabricators
  • Utility Contractors

Consulting Professionals

  • Consulting Engineers & Architects
  • Architects
  • Civil Engineers
  • Construction Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Hazardous Materials Specialists
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Marine Engineers
  • Occupational Safety & Health Specialist
  • Soil Engineers
  • Sanitary Engineers
  • Safety, Health & Hygiene Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Surveying Engineers

Resource Specialists

  • Search and Rescue Dog Handlers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Wilderness Search Groups/Associations
  • Hazardous Waste Abatement Companies
  • Environmental & Remedial Contractors
  • Electric Equipment & Supply Distributors
  • Highway & Transportation Agencies
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Crane & Rigging Operation Superintendents
  • Volunteer Service Organizations; for manpower support activities

The Community Resource Directory

The development of a preliminary listing of specific resource areas must be established under each of the appropriate functional categories that are applicable to the projected collapse-rescue potential within the jurisdiction. From this point the data collection process will involve identifying local, regional, statewide or other proximal contacts consisting of companies, firms, agencies or individuals who will ultimately provide the identified resource needs

The local telephone directory will provide the reference tool for the initial point of contact or a computer-based search utilizing the internet. Either through direct telephone inquiry, direct contact or byway of a letter of introduction, outlining potential resource requirements and needs, further discussions and negotiations can take place regarding specific resource needs or support services.

The data collection phase of the process will consume a substantial amount of man hours which is necessary to document and establish the scope and parameters by which those identified resources will be obtained, and the method(s) for compensation for those services.

Agreements and Contracts

Following this documentation process, the next phase in the community resource plan requires the initiation, preparation and adoption of appropriate types of agreements or contracts clearly defining the scope and conditions for the supply of services, equipment and/or supplies established by the CRP.