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Technical Rescue

 

 
The Department maintains a minimum force of technician and operations-level firefighters in each technical rescue discipline with associated equipment to be able to immediately effect a rescue with available resources or to stabilize an incident until mutual aid arrives.

The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department’s technical rescue first unit benchmark is to respond to all technical rescue events in 7 minutes and 20 seconds or less, total response time, 90% of the time.  The first-due unit(s) shall be staffed with a minimum of three (3) firefighters and be capable of determining the scope of and stabilizing the incident until additional resources arrive.  The Department’s 90th percentile technical rescue effective response force (ERF) and extrication time benchmarks and baselines are as follows:

 

Incident Type

ERF

Benchmark

Assembly Time

Baseline Assembly Time

Benchmark Extrication Time

Baseline Extrication Time

Capabilities
 Vehicle Extrication

6

10 min.

12 min.

20 min.

30 min.

Command, stabilization, extrication, fire protection
 Confined Space Rescue

14

13 min.

15 min.

30 min.

45 min.

Command, safety, rigging, entry, ventilation, monitoring, backup, air supply
 Low/High Angle Rescue 

12

12 min.

14 min.

20 min.

45 min.

Command, safety, rigging, belay, patient care, hazards
 Water / Ice Rescue  

15

13 min.

15 min.

15 min.

20 min.

Command, safety, rope, spotter, rescue, debris, patient care, packaging, hazards
 Trench Rescue

13

13 min.

15 min.

60 min.

120 min.

Command, safety, shoring, rigging, monitoring, entry, hazards, ventilation
 Stalled Elevator 

6

10 min.

12 min.

10 min.

30 min.

Command, access, patient, tools, hazards, safety
 Industrial Entrapment

8

10 min.

12 min.

20 min.

40 min.

Command, stabilization, patient, tools, hazards, fire, safety


The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Health as an Advanced Level Rescue Service since 2008.  The purpose of this program is to recognize emergency services that can safely and efficiently perform rescue operations.  There Department is one of only six  rescue services in Allegheny County to meet the Advanced Level.  The inspection for certification included a review of maintenance records, training records, standard operating guidelines, mutual aid agreements, and equipment inventory.


The Department is a member of the South Hills Area Council of Governments
(SHACOG) Technical Rescue Team.  The Team is a combined force of  35 emergency personnel representing 23 fire departments and 3 EMS agencies that respond to emergencies requiring specialized training and/or equipment.  Team members meet NFPA 1006  requirements in core rescue competencies, vehicle and machinery rescue technician Level 1 and 2,  confined space rescue technician levels 1 and 2, trench rescue technician levels 1 and 2 and are working towards operations (level 1) certification in structural collapse and swift/flood Water Rescue.