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US&R Task Force Leaders

The NASA Ames Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) has prepared several collapse structure rescue scenarios for your team to participate in. The purpose in doing so is simple, sitting in a BoO with nothing do is boring. FEMA agreed that it would be more enjoyable and rewarding for your personnel if they had the opportunity to "play".

Unfortunately, we were unable to provide meaningful exercises for all elements of your Task Force. Our Collapse Structure Rescue Training Facility has three collapse structure exercises set up, one for each Task Force. We also have several recon exercises set up for your recon team. These exercises will be taking place concurrently. Because of the concurrent activities that will be taking place, there will be some impact on the availability of required resources. I offer the following recommendations:

  1. The recon team that will be working the "149" scenario should be composed of a Search Team Manager, a Search Specialist, two canines with Handlers, a Hazardous Materials Specialist, a Structural Engineer, and a Safety Officer.
  2. For the collapse structure rescue exercise, the number of personnel you will need at any given time will depend on which scenario your team is assigned. It is unlikely that you will need more than 18 Rescue Specialist at any given time. It is more likely that you will need 12 or less. It is strongly recommended that you have a Safety Officer and a Structural Specialist on site at all times.
  3. Both scenarios will require a search cam and gas analyzers. This will require coordination.

Our Collapse Structure Rescue Training Facility has many "props" that are not part of the "scenario". Arrangements can be made to use the props to practice rescue skills.

NASA Ames Research Center has only one significant requirement when using our facilities. Work safely at all times. I hope that your stay is rewarding and enjoyable. Thanks for coming.

Robert Dolci
Director for Emergency Services
NASA Ames Research Center

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Nevada Task Force-1

Intel Ventilation Shaft Scenario

Basic Scenario:

The greater San Francisco Bay Area experienced a major catastrophic earthquake on Monday, November 13th. A 7.2 earthquake struck at 5:30 AM PST on the San Andreas Fault. Sunnyvale sustained considerable damage.

Your Task Force has been assigned the Intel Office Campus Complex. The Sunnyvale on Scene Commander has determined that there are several maintenance mechanics trapped in the basement mechanical equipment room. The three-story heavy-wall concrete building on top of the basement failed catastrophically leaving nothing but a rubble pile and a 65-foot tall ventilation tower. The building drawings show a concrete shaft going from the tower to the mechanical equipment room.

It is believed that the only way to safely access the basement is through the tower.

Inject: The top of the tower has an inside diameter of 27". This is just (barely) wide enough to lower personnel down. Once down, the only way to get them out is by raising them with a hauling system. Do not lower personnel unless you are prepared to raise them. In the event of a true emergency, NASA personnel will be able to make access into the base of the structure.

It is anticipated that the victims can be reached and extricated within 5 hours.

Scenario Objective:

The objective of this scenario is to have fun. This will require that every member of your team works safely during the duration of this exercise. The NASA personnel are there to ensure that you work safely. They may occasionally make recommendations to help facilitate your team's effort.

This exercise is not being evaluated. At the end of the day if you would like feedback from NASA it can be arranged.

The Task Force Leader is responsible for controlling access to his/her assigned site. Properly badged NASA personnel will be allowed access to your site. NASA personnel will work through the NASA Scenario Manager.

Safety Considerations:

  1. Do not assume anything, except the worse.
  2. Remember the requirements when working within a confined space.
  3. If an object looks heavy, it is.
  4. If a load looks unstable, it may be.
  5. Please!!!! verify that the personnel that you're committing to enter this structure are not claustrophobic.

Command Post Requirements:

Your Command Post should have a copy of the NASA Site Safety Plan, Site Access Control Plan, and Medical Plan.

Other Considerations:

Do not assume that all the NASA DART folks are rocket scientist or propeller heads. Less than 1/3 actually fit that category. The other 2/3rds are almost normal. Probably the only truly normal folks on DART are not NASA employees.

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New Mexico Task Force-1

Sunnyvale Town Center Scenario

Basic Scenario:

The greater San Francisco Bay Area experienced a major catastrophic earthquake on Monday, November 13th. A 7.2 earthquake struck at 5:30 AM PST on the San Andreas Fault. Sunnyvale sustained considerable damage.

Your Task Force has been assigned the Sunnyvale Town Center. The Sunnyvale on Scene Commander has determined that there are several supply clerks trapped in a basement storage room. The two-story concrete building on top of the basement failed catastrophically leaving nothing but a rubble pile. There is abandoned electrical chase that used to go to a room in the basement that is located next to storage room. There is no door between the rooms. The building drawings show a concrete wall between the rooms.

It is believed that the only way to safely access the basement is through the abandoned electrical chase.

Inject: Enter the chase through the personnel cavity (manhole). Make inspection penetration in center of concrete floor.

It is anticipated that the victims can be reached and extricated within 5 hours.

Scenario Objective:

The objective of this scenario is to have fun. This will require that every member of your team works safely during the duration of this exercise. The NASA personnel are there to ensure that you work safely. They may occasionally make recommendations to help facilitate your team's effort.

This exercise is not being evaluated. At the end of the day if you would like feedback from NASA it can be arranged.

The Task Force Leader is responsible for controlling access to his/her assigned site. Properly badged NASA personnel will be allowed access to your site. NASA personnel will work through the NASA Scenario Manager.

Safety Considerations:

  1. Do not assume anything, except the worse.
  2. Remember the requirements when working within a confined space.
  3. If an object looks heavy, it is.
  4. If a load looks unstable, it may be.
  5. If a NASA representative request that a shore be constructed, please do so. It may be for safety reasons or it may be part of the exercise.

Command Post Requirements:

Your Command Post should have a copy of the NASA Site Safety Plan, Site Access Control Plan, and Medical Plan.

Other Considerations:

Do not assume that all the NASA DART folks are rocket scientist or propeller heads. Less than 1/3 actually fit that category. The other 2/3rds are almost normal. Probably the only truly normal folks on DART are not NASA employees.

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LA City Task Force-1

Fremont High School Scenario

Basic Scenario:

The greater San Francisco Bay Area experienced a major catastrophic earthquake on Monday, November 13th. A 7.2 earthquake struck at 5:30 AM PST on the San Andreas Fault. Sunnyvale sustained considerable damage.

Your Task Force has been assigned the Fremont High School. The Sunnyvale on Scene Commander has determined that there are two students, a boy and a girl, trapped in an old deserted basement storage room. Another student, no longer on scene, reports that he saw them enter the basement. He did not see them come out. They remain unaccounted for. The two-story concrete building sustained considerable damage.

It is believed that the only way to safely access the basement is by making penetration through the roof of auxiliary Room XYZ. Just outside of the room is a hallway. At the end of the hallway on the right hand side is an abandoned ventilation system. The original wall penetration has a cold joint concrete patch. On the other side of the wall is a room that is directly over a section of the basement.

Inject: For the purposes of this exercise, make an inspection penetration where shown on the floor.

In the basement there is a concrete wall that separates two rooms of the basement. It is believed that the students are in the room on the other side of the wall.

Inject: Inspection penetration through wall should be made no higher than 18 inches above the floor.

It is anticipated that the victims can be reached and extricated within 5 hours.

Scenario Objective:

The objective of this scenario is to have fun. This will require that every member of your team works safely during the duration of this exercise. The NASA personnel are there to ensure that you work safely. They may occasionally make recommendations to help facilitate your team's effort.

This exercise is not being evaluated. At the end of the day if you would like feedback from NASA it can be arranged.

The Task Force Leader is responsible for controlling access to his/her assigned site. Properly badged NASA personnel will be allowed access to your site. NASA personnel will work through the NASA Scenario Manager.

Safety Considerations:

  1. Do not assume anything, except the worse.
  2. Remember the requirements when working within a confined space.
  3. If an object looks heavy, it is.
  4. If a load looks unstable, it may be.
  5. If a NASA representative request that a shore be constructed, please do so. It may be for safety reasons or it may be part of the exercise.

Command Post Requirements:

Your Command Post should have a copy of the NASA Site Safety Plan, Site Access Control Plan, and Medical Plan.

Other Considerations:

Do not assume that all the NASA DART folks are rocket scientist or propeller heads. Less than 1/3 actually fit that category. The other 2/3rds are almost normal. Probably the only truly normal folks on DART are not NASA employees.

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