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The FEMA Structural Collapse Technician course is an 8 day – 80 hour program developed by the FEMA structural engineers and subject matter experts for encompassing structural collapse training for assessing and mitigating all types of collapses in all types of buildings to facilitate search and rescue operations. Students are exposed to theory, principle and relationships of how and why collapse events occur and how they can best be addressed for successful and safe search and rescue operations. The training integrates elements of physics and engineering concepts and is heavily weighted with practical applications of shoring construction, movement of heavy objects about with everything from levers to cranes and physically defeating concrete and steel in a safe and efficient manner facilitating victim rescue. The curriculum is the core collapse training for all 28 Federal USAR teams and meets and exceeds all applications of NFPA Standards 1006 and 1670.

Course only open to currently credentialed Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders and Rope Level I & II.

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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. 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 this course ends 15 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 Content

  • COURSE LENGTH: 80 Hours
  • PARTICIPANTS: 24 Student maximum
  • VENUE: Guardian Centers
  • DATES: October 18 - 25, 2021

Course Fees & Materials

All course materials, including applicable books, manuals, tests, and certificates, are included in course fee. Students must bring their own required personal protective equipment.
  • $3,125


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. Lunch is included on training days – 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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