"Technical rescue" refers to the aspects of saving life that employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for emergency medical services or firefighting. These specialized disciplines include vehicle and machinery rescue, confined-space rescue, rope rescue, trench and excavation rescue, structural collapse rescue, water rescue, and wilderness search and rescue. In the United States, technical rescues will often have multiple jurisdictions operating together to effect the rescue, and will often use the Incident Command System to manage the incident and resources at scene.
NFPA standards 1006 and 1670 state that all rescuers must have a minimum of first aid (infection control, bleeding control, shock management) and CPR training to perform any technical rescue operation, including cutting the vehicle itself during an extrication.
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