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RESOURCE GUIDE

SPECIAL OPERATIONS SUPPORT
(SOS)

Updated July 23, 2018

This information sheet is primarily intended for persons associated with or working with the LRTC Emergency Response Team, however the information may be useful to other groups or private individuals who may wish to similarly equip a support unit or who may need to utilize the resources available from LRTC's inventory during an emergency.


The Special Operations Support trailer (known as the "SOS") responds as the second-out unit to technical large animal rescues and wide-area evacuation operations. It carries the heavy technical rescue equipment including cutting tools, ram, hydraulic jaws, etc., a large compliment of rope rescue equipment, generator and portable lighting, and equipment and supplies to support an evacuation operation, staging area, etc.

The unit's inventory includes:

  • 4kw generator

  • 1,000 ft. of rope rescue gear

  • NFPA pulleys, caribiners

  • Figure-8 and brake plate

  • webbing and prusiks

  • "Gibbs" ascender units

  • Personal descender / ascender
  • Becker Sling

  • Becker Water Rescue Harness

  • Heavy cribbing timbers

  • Porta-Power hydraulic tools

  • 110 volt and battery powered cutting tools

  • 4 x 8 ft. ground pads

  • Heavy pry bars

  • Ratchet type bolt cutters

  • Tool box

  • Padding and blankets

  • Forestry brush jackets

  • Forestry helmets

  • Safety eyewear

  • First aid kit

  • Equine head protection

  • Halters and leads

  • Collapsable outhouse

  • Collapsable garbage can

  • Incident Support Tub

    • Documents

    • Emergency food

    • Emergency water

  • Traffic cones

  • Directional signs (for cones)

  • Traffic wands

  • Flashlight cache

  • Helmet lamp cache

  • "Drop" cones with ribbons

  • Throw ribbons (on washers)
  • Flagging tape

  • caution tape

  • Hand dewatering pump

  • Pool noodles

  • Portable radio charging station

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Collapsible tire chocks

Front compartment storage.

Driveway "drop cones" with ribbons distinctive from those used by the fire district.
(This inventory will be updated as additional specialized equipment is placed in service.)

Please note: Much of the equipment carried on the SOS unit was orginally stored on Rescue 3. It was relocated to the SOS unit to lighten Rescue 3 and render it more user friendly.

Please see the Revised Rescue 3 Inventory for the current compliment of rescue gear on that first out resource.


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