Large area search MayDay!
Has anyone out there heard of KCFD's L.A.S.T. training?
A very effective drill for rapidly searching a large area with the emphasis on the TIC and teamwork. We lost a Battalion Chief, John Tvedten, in a warehouse fire on 12/18/99. This training was developed by Kansas City and has been in our ongoing training schedule for trucks and rescues since it's inception. John Tvedten is the reason that Kansas City has TIC's now.
There is a short Windows Media Player video(33mb) on it here at the bottom of this page;
L.A.S.T. Drill in action.
Our department has put a few other departments through this training. If your in the Midwest or anywhere for that matter, you might look up our Drill shedule and see if that coincides with possible training evolutions.
Uh, Yeah, We got That.............
Jerry, Thanks for the info. We train on RIT and Mayday Procedures here. One of my concerns has always been the "Big Box" stores, and how to handle a search in a structure of that size. The "Southwest Supermarket Incident" was one that everyone can learn from. Also, one thing that we're noticing here is an increase in the number of residential properties, both single and multi family, that are installing security grilles on doors and windows. It's hard enough to force entry to start to work, then you get the added load of clearing at least one exit from each room. By training on buildings slated for demolition, as well as the regular stuff at the Academy, we're pretty good at opening up places that were supposed to be tight. Large bar sets over windows in a BRICK wall have gotten easier since we found that an airbag pops them out easily and quickly. Still looking to be faster though.