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The Guardian Centers/Spec Rescue International Structural Collapse Level 1 course is a 40 hour product – NFPA 1006 compliant – that specifically addresses those buildings and collapses identified in Chapter 9 9.1 – 9.1.13. The training addresses the knowledge, skills and abilities required to assess, size-up and mitigate light frame and ordinary construction events. In addition to the operational concepts for light frame and ordinary construction, the training provides fundamentals and foundation for advanced Level II, heavy construction events.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of safe and sound practices in all phases of planning and rescue operations.
  • Understand various tools and the operators influence on their operation.
  • Understand types of buildings and how stress and forces apply to their failure and collapse footprint – especially the light frame building. Understand the interaction of building types, failures with survivability and search operations. Classify buildings, collapse and appropriate types of building, search and victim markings.
  • Understand WHY we build shores.
  • Understand HOW and WHERE we build shores.
  • Understand WHY, HOW AND WHERE we breach, break, cut and burn components of buildings in search and rescue operations.
  • Understand how the physics and forces associated with heavy buildings and objects effect decisions to move and the necessary resources to move them i.e. airbags, pry bars, cranes, heavy equipment.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities required by integrating all applications of the class into a rescue scenario.

Course Registration

The registration period for all courses ends 30 calendar days prior to the scheduled course start date. Course registration must be completed electronically prior to that deadline. The course fee must be paid in full as part of the online electronic registration process.

Schedule & Student Count

COURSE LENGTH: 40 Hours PARTICIPANTS: 20 Student minimum VENUE: Guardian Centers Spec Rescue International offers a wide range of specialty services utilizing highly trained instructors who are fire and rescue professionals both active and retired from fire departments around the nation, each of whom specialize in certain areas of rescue.

Course Fees & Materials

Contact GC for Pricing Details All course materials, including applicable books, manuals, tests, and certificates, are included in course fee. Students must bring their own personal protection equipment to include:
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Steel Toe boots
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection


Travel to Georgia and the Guardian Centers training site is not included in the course fee. Registered course attendees are responsible for making personal travel arrangements. Meals Lunch is included – all other meals are at the expense of the participant. Lodging is not included in course fee. The following is a list of recommended lodging options within 5 miles of the training site.
  • Guardian Centers Onsite Billeting | 600 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA | (478) 224-5700
  • Holiday Inn | 1502 Sam Nunn Blvd. Perry, GA | (877) 786-9480
  • Best Western | 205 Lect St. Perry, GA | (866) 460-7456
  • Comfort Inn | 201 Lect Drive Perry GA | (855) 307-2224
  • Hampton Inn | 100 Marketplace Drive Perry GA | (855) 901-0002
  • Microtel Inn & Suites | 110 Fairview Drive Perry, GA | (478) 987-4004

Cancellation & Refunds

Guardian Centers reserves the right to cancel any scheduled courses in the event that minimum enrollment is not met. If a course is cancelled, registered students will be notified, and will receive a full refund. Registered students must cancel their registration no later than 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled course start date in order to receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled after the 10-day deadline will be assessed a $150 cancellation fee. There is no refund for no-shows. Please note: Guardian Centers cannot make individual exceptions to its cancellation or refund policies.

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