Emergency Response

Structural Collapse Level 1

Course Summary

Residential & light commercial structures.

This course is designed to provide first responders with an understanding of the NFPA 1670 Standard requirements for structural collapse level 1 rescues (these structures include those of wood frame and masonry construction, ie. most residential and light commercial buildings).

Course Details


5 days (36 hours)


1 day calssroom, 4 days practical


Minimum 8. Maximum 12. 




Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Helmet (hard hat)
  • Leather-palmed gloves
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protection
  • Coveralls

Additional Required Equipment (can be supplied by Raven Rescue, per individual, for an additional fee)

  • Tool belt
  • Framing hammer
  • Torpedo Level (Stanley Fat Max level with angle finder, recommended)
  • 7" speed square
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter pencils
Takeaways & Documentation
  • Structural Collapse manual
  • Field Operations Guide
  • Itemized, personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the Instructor (a valuable document for risk management)
  • Certificate of Completion

Click here to read the FAQ: Structural Collapse training.

Course Content

  • Risk management
  • PPE
  • Site evaluation and size-up including identification of hazards
  • Structural engineering systems
  • Familiarization with basic structural collapse rescue tools
  • Shoring tools & lumber
  • Rotary saw with a mix of blades or a universal blade for wood, medal & concrete
  • Breaking tools (sledges etc.)
  • Airbags (high pressure preferred, low pressure can be utilized if necessary)
  • Shoring, breaching, lifting and rigging techniques
  • Applicable technical rope skills
  • ICS as it pertains to structural collapse
  • SOG’s for structural collapse


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