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Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Instructors’ Workshop (CSSRIW)

Course Overview

Purpose: Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Instructors’ Workshop (CSSRIW) aims to provide participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to become a Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) Instructor.

Background: CSSRIW is a seven-day course of the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response that was developed by the United States Agency for International Development through Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET). The course has been delivered in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Target Audience: The CSSRIW course in each PEER country is intended for Emergency and Disaster First Response Groups, i.e. Fire Departments, Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, Police Departments, Rescue groups associated with government emergency response system. Individuals are required to have successfully completed the CSSR and Training for Instructors (TFI) Course.

Standards: Lesson content must be presented following the interactive method of instruction, using the lesson plans and all associated materials and equipment, as described in the CSSR Course guidelines and within established time limits.

Course Methodology and Content: PEER CSSRIW is a pass/fail course. The workshop is delivered in seven days led by a course coordinator, five lead instructors and three assistant instructors using the Interactive Lecture Method (ILM) of instruction that is objective based, performance oriented, tested, and highly participatory. The experience of the instructors is enriched by the interaction between the participants. Experienced course monitor is assigned for overall supervision of course delivery.

A practice session is scheduled the day before the classes begin for participants to review the use, maintenance and safety precautions for all equipment discussed in the pre-work. CSSRIW highlights include:

» Introduction
» Principles of Adult Learning
» How to Prepare and Present a CSSR Lesson
» CSSR Review Group
» Managing Practical Stations and Exercises
» CSSR Course Evaluation System
» Using the Coordinator’s Guide
» Tool and Equipment Cleaning and Maintenance
» Individual Presentations

Performance Objective: Participants, will be required to present one lesson, lecture, and to demonstrate how to conduct two practical CSSR exercises, following the lesson plans and using visual aids, equipment and the interactive method of teaching. The lecture presentation will last a maximum of 60 minutes and the practical presentations a maximum of 20 minutes per presentation. These three individual presentations will be scored and participants must satisfactorily achieve the passing scores for all. At the beginning of the workshop, participants will be tested on their ability to correctly operate and maintain the various tools, equipment and accessories (TEA) used in the CSSR Course. Passing this evaluation is a requirement for participating in the CSSRIW.

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