2018 Kansas Rescue Conference

Break-Out Sessions

Are You Setting Yourself Up for Success or Failure? – Larry Hemphill, Salina FD (retired)

Are you setting yourself up for success or failure, have you/your organization conducted a risk assessment. Are you prepared for the everyday calls, are you prepared for the once in a career call? What's the difference?


Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Public Safety – Kurt Carraway, KSU Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This session will focus on the utilization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for fire rescue. The UAS industry has rapidly evolved into one of the most talked about technologies of this decade. UAS enable public safety officials to conduct operations quicker, cheaper, and most importantly, safer.


Crew Survival While Working Roadway Incidents – Keith Lindemann, Salina FD

Topics to be addressed include Scene size-up and apparatus placement; Proper use of apparatus cones, and signs to create a “Temporary Traffic Control Zone”; LEO, Fire, EMS, and Tow Operator objectives and responsibilities; Discussion on Federal Mandate 23 CFR 634 and the MUTCD; Discussion on potential for secondary incidents while working on the highway; Review and discussion of “actual” secondary incidents (video) involving responders; Discussion on actual NIOSH LODD reports; Resources (tow, air ambulance, rural fire, etc.); Incident Command- Unified Command; Special Circumstances- Fire Haz-Mat- Hybrid and Electric Vehicle considerations; Terminating Command.


Plans Refresher – Chris Stansberry, Salina FD; Jason Hudson, Manhattan FD

In this breakout session we will revisit the Garmin Base camp program, how to download and edit GPS data.  We will then take that data and convert it and create the final information packet for the IC.  GPS units will be used to collect search data using the FEMA standard icons.  To finish it off we will cover some of the FEMA forms that will be used by the Planning Team members on a deployment.


Breaking the Truth - Kent Saturday,
Blake Singleton, Frank Rezac, Brian Box, Rescue 360 LLC, Westar Energy

During this facilitated program, instructors will test equipment and configurations in a hydraulic test bed while capturing forces of failures. We will focus on knots, hitches, bends, anchor assemblies, and hardware failures.  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. PPE REQUIRED: Hearing protection


Medical Considerations for Technical Rescue Incidents – Brian Weatherford, Mid America Rescue Company

This course will discuss the different emergency medical related issues associated with technical rescue disciplines.  Students will discuss safety, injury types, treatment concepts and other issues associated with care for patients and responders on a rescue incident. 


Technical Rescue Skill Sets – Kevin McDonald, Salina Fire Department; Tony Tracy, Sedgwick County FD1; Pete Rowley, Winfield Fire/EMS (4 hours)

The technical rescue skill sets are minimum skill sets for individuals who enter a hazard zone, i.e. forward deployment.  These skills include basic rope skills as well as general awareness for hazardous materials and technical rescue disciplines per NFPA 1670.  This training is required for any task force position that does not take Structural Collapse Rescue training, including Canine Search Specialist, Medical Specialist, Medical Team Manager (Physician), and Structures Specialist (Engineer). For a complete listing of the technical rescue skill sets, click here.