Structural Collapse Technician

 MUSAR-Structural Collapse Technician

A 60 hour training program

 This program meets the objectives of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1670 and 1006). MUSAR Collapse Rescue training programs are being used in all of the state regions that have been mandated, by the Michigan Department of Homeland Security, to develop urban search and rescue capabilities.  The use of MUSAR collapse programs provides standardized response capabilities throughout the three largest urban areas in our state.  Those regions are Region One (Lansing area), Region Two (Detroit area) and Region Six (Grand Rapids area).

Based on a response system of local, mutual aid, regional and state assets that are commonly used in Michigan, the collapse rescue team duties and techniques taught in this class are recognized and widely accepted as the “best practices” across the state.  This allows rescuers from inter-county, regional and state response systems to work safely and efficiently at collapse rescue incidents.

The “pneumatic shoring recovery” plan was developed from Michigan-specific structural collapse incidents (tornado in Springfield Township, explosion in Flint, explosion in Wayne).  These methods and techniques taught in the Technician course have become the standard for collapse rescue teams throughout the state.

The MUSAR Training Foundation continues to work closely with MI-OSHA to provide training on updated procedures for safety concerns that are found at rescue scenes throughout the state of Michigan.  Since Michigan is not a Federal OSHA state many of these “Michigan Specific” methods are not found in any other collapse rescue training curriculum.


Course content:

Technician level

  • Recognition of the general hazards associated with structural collapse incidents
  • Recognition of  concrete tilt-up, reinforced concrete, steel construction
  • Recognition of pre and post tensioned concrete and associated hazards
  • Recognition of unique collapse and failure hazards associated with steel and concrete types of construction
  • Search of technician level types of construction
  • Stabilization of technician level collapsed structures
  • Utilize a “shoring recovery plan” for pneumatic shores (Michigan specific)
  •  Accessing victims inside and beneath collapse debris
  • Rigging and lifting heavy loads with cranes and heavy machinery
  • Perform extrication operations involving packaging, treating and removing victims trapped within and beneath collapse debris

Structural Collapse Operations is a prerequisite for this program.

For more information, or to schedule a collapse rescue program for your department, please contact: Dave Potter at