Vehicle Rescue Skills Development (20 hours)

Pre-Requisites: Age 18 and up

PA DOH EMS Con-Ed: 12.0 hrs (3.0 clinical) – pending

Maximum Students: 12

In the United States, approximately seven million vehicle accidents occur every year. First responders are called out to these accident scenes every day to mitigate hazards, provide emergency medical care, and perform vehicle extrication of trapped patients. The Vehicle Rescue Skills Development program is primarily a hands-on course that will prepare the first responder to safely and efficiently respond to a vehicle rescue incident. Students will practice how to stabilize a vehicle, utilize hand and power tools to gain access and disentangle a patient, and utilize appropriate patient packaging devices to extricate them from vehicles.

When combined with our Rope Rescue Operations – Low Angle (16 hours) class, this training meets all requirements specified in NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications (2017 Edition) for Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations Level.


Why did you develop this class?

We have received many inquiries regarding vehicle rescue training from emergency services agencies that have struggled to get the PA Joint Vehicle Rescue Program (i.e., the Basic Vehicle Rescue curriculum) scheduled.  We wanted to develop a program that was flexible to meet the needs of our customers without sacrificing quality.

What we came up with was our 20 hour Vehicle Rescue Skills Development program.  Offered alone, this program satisfies all the NFPA 1006 (2017 edition) requirements for Vehicle Rescue Awareness and most of the Operations Level requirements.  When combined with our Rope Rescue Operations – Low Angle (16 hours) class, the program satisfies all of the NFPA 1006 Vehicle Rescue Operations Level requirements.

Why do I have to take Rope Rescue Operations – Low Angle to meet all of the Vehicle Rescue Operations Level requirements?

The 2017 edition of NFPA 1006 specifies several rope rescue competencies that vehicle rescue personnel must have.  Specifically, low angle rigging skills.  The thought process is that many vehicle rescue incidents occur down embankments and basic low angle rigging skills may be required to perform the rescue.

We allow agencies to schedule just the Vehicle Rescue Skills Development (20 hours) program without the rope rescue component in order to provide our customers extra flexibility.  We do recommend including the rope rescue component as well though if you wish to meet all of the NFPA 1006 requirements.

Is your program designed for rookies or experienced personnel?

The beauty of our program is that it can be customized to meet the needs of your agency.  If you have a lot of new members, we can instruct the class in a manner that provides your members initial training in vehicle rescue.  Combine it with the Rope Rescue Operations – Low Angle class and they will meet all of the NFPA 1006 requirements for the Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations Level.

If your agency has a lot of more experienced members, we can also offer the 20 hour skills development program in a refresher format.  We can give your members new vehicle technology information, techniques and concepts, and challenge them with scenarios based on real-world incidents.  We also offer a 3 hour Vehicle Rescue Refresher program if you are looking for just one evening of refresher training.

Will I receive a Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician certificate?

No, you will receive a certificate of training from Elder Technical Rescue Services, LLC indicating training that is based on the requirements in NFPA 1006 (2017 edition).  If you are a Pennsylvania agency that requires the BVR certification for your members, this course should only be used as a refresher program.

Why is the maximum class size only 12 students?

One of our guiding philosophies at Elder Technical Rescue Services, LLC is that hands-on classes should always have small class sizes.  We do not want any of our students to spend a majority of their class time standing around waiting or hiding out in the back because they are shy.  We want our students to leave our classes competent and confident to handle real-world rescues.