DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS

Division of Emergency Management

(Amendment)

 

      106 KAR 1:350. Rescue squad minimum equipment.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 39F.030(1)(d), 39F.040(5), 39F.050(3)(d), 39F.070(3)(d), 39F.120(12), 42.738, 186.650, 189.010, 33 C.F.R. 183

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 39A.050(2)(m), 39A.070(3), 39F.100, 39F.110, 39F.120(12), 39F.130, 39F.140, 39F.150, 338.031

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 39F.120(12) requires a rescue squad to have the minimum equipment necessary to perform a mission and[. KRS 39F.120(12)] requires the division to promulgate an administrative regulation establishing minimum equipment for a rescue squad. This administrative regulation establishes the minimum equipment requirements for a rescue squad.

 

      Section 1. Definitions. (1) "ANSI" means the American National Standards Institute.

      (2) "CE" means the European Community.

      (3) "County" means county, including urban-county governments and consolidated local governments.

      (4) "Equine rescue squad" means a rescue squad utilizing two (2) or more horses, with a minimum of twelve (12) total members.

      (5) "Fund" means the rescue aid fund established in KRS 39F.100(2).

      (6) "High angle rescue service" means any rescue-related activity in which a patient or rescuer is raised or lowered vertically or near vertically by means of a rope or cable, or moved across or up or down a fifty (50) degree or greater slope or grade.

      (7) "Mission" means one or more activities in which the rescue squad is involved, and which is listed in the mission statement provided by the rescue squad to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

      (8) "NFPA" means the National Fire Protection Association.

      (9) "Vehicle" means:

      (a) A motor vehicle as defined by KRS 189.010(19) that is lawfully operated on the roadways of the commonwealth and that is capable of carrying two (2) or more passengers within an enclosed passenger compartment and carrying the minimum equipment required for the owning rescue squad within an enclosed area or;

      (b) Any fully enclosed "trailer" as defined by KRS 186.650(1) with a cargo capacity of at least 1,200 pounds; or

      (c) Any covered or enclosed horse trailer used by a rescue squad that performs search functions for lost or missing persons and utilizes two (2) or more horses and riders to assist in the performance of the search function. Any trailer, as defined by KRS 186.650(1) and 189.010(19) shall include a standard size ball, and the ball, receiver slide, and pin, as well as the electric adapter, shall remain with the trailer continuously, including if not connected to towing vehicle.

      (10) "UIAA" means the Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme.[(1) "Fund" means the rescue aid fund established in KRS 39F.100(2).

      (2) "New or replacement equipment" means equipment that a rescue squad is not required to have prior to becoming eligible to participate in the fund.

      (3) "Replacement only equipment" means equipment that a rescue squad shall have in its possession before becoming eligible to participate in the fund.]

 

      Section 2. The minimum equipment for a rescue squad that has as a light duty rescue and extrication of persons from vehicles mission [new or replacement equipment for a general rescue squad] shall be:

      (1) Twelve (12) pairs of protective eyewear;

      (2) Twelve (12) protective coats or jumpsuits;

      (3) Twelve (12) rescue helmets;

      (4) Two (2) first aid kits, twenty-four (24) unit industrial type or equivalent;

      (5) Two (2) full backboards;

      (6) One (1) basket litter;

      (7) 100 feet of one (1) inch diameter of tubular nylon webbing;

      (8) One (1) twelve (12) foot chain, grade 80 or greater, recovery rated;

      (9) Two (2) hacksaw frames with spare blades or equivalent saws;

      (10) Two (2) pairs of pliers, slip-joint;

      (11) One (1) pair of locking pliers;

      (12) Two (2) pairs wire cutters with insulated grips;

      (13) One (1) center or rescue punch;

      (14) Four (4) screwdrivers, flat blade (slot head), assorted sizes;

      (15) Four (4) Phillips head screwdrivers, Allen Wrench, torx drive, and Robertson square head screwdriver, assorted sizes;

      (16) One (1) seat belt cutter;

      (17) One (1) pair tin snips;

      (18) One (1) claw hammer;

      (19) Two (2) adjustable wrenches;

      (20) Two (2) pipe wrenches;

      (21) Two (2) axes, single bit;

      (22) One (1) mattock;

      (23) One (1) bow saw;

      (24) One (1) pair of bolt cutters;

      (25) One (1) sledge hammer;

      (26) One (1) chain saw with fourteen (14) inch bar;

      (27) One (1) rounded point shovel, short handle;

      (28) Two (2) wrecking or pry bars;

      (29) One (1) minimum of one and one-half (1 1/2) ton cable puller or come-along;

      (30) One (1) minimum of ten (10) ton manual hydraulic power supply;

      (31) One (1) minimum of five (5) ton hydraulic jack;

      (32) One (1) halligan tool, or equivalent;

      (33) Two (2) rescue pulleys;

      (34) 200 feet of utility rope;

      (35) 100 feet of half-inch inch static rescue kernmantle rope;

      (36) One (1), eight (8) foot ladder;

      (37) Two (2) tarps or salvage covers;

      (38) One (1), three (3) gallon gas can, safety type;

      (39) Two (2), ten (10) pound fire extinguishers, ABC rated;

      (40) One (1), two-point-five (2.5) KVA portable generator, or equivalent;

      (41) One (1), fifty (50) foot section of No. 10 electrical extension cord, GFI equipped;

      (42) One (1), 100 foot section of No. 10 electrical extension cord, GFI equipped;

      (43) One (1), 100 foot section of No. 12 electrical extension

cord, GFI equipped;

      (44) Twelve (12) ANSI-approved traffic safety reflective vests, and

      (45) Five (5), thirty-six (36) inch traffic cones with reflective collars (only required for rescue squads that perform vehicle extrication.)[(1) Twelve (12) pairs of gloves;

      (2) Twelve (12) pairs of safety goggles;

      (3) Twelve (12) squad coats;

      (4) Twelve (12) helmets;

      (5) Twelve (12) pairs of boots with protective toe;

      (6) Two (2) first aid kits, twenty-four (24) unit industrial type or equivalent;

      (7) Two (2) full backboards;

      (8) Two (2) half backboards;

      (9) One (1) basket litter;

      (10) Four (4) sections of fifteen (15) foot by one (1) inch tubular nylon webbing;

      (11) One (1) splint kit, with half-arm, half-leg, full-arm, full leg;

      (12) One (1) twelve (12) foot tow chain;

      (13) Two (2) hacksaw frames;

      (14) Twelve (12) hacksaw blades;

      (15) Two (2) pairs of pliers, minimum of eight (8) inch, slip-joint;

      (16) One (1) pair of locking pliers;

      (17) Two (2) pairs wire cutters with insulated grips;

      (18) One (1) center punch;

      (19) Four (4) screwdrivers, flat blade, assorted sizes;

      (20) Four (4) Phillips screwdrivers, assorted sizes;

      (21) One (1) seat belt cutter;

      (22) One (1) pair of minimum of eight (8) inch tin snips;

      (23) One (1) claw hammer;

      (24) Two (2) crescent wrenches;

      (25) Two (2) twenty-four (24) inch pipe wrenches;

      (26) Two (2) axes, single butt, four (4) pound head;

      (27) One (1) mattock;

      (28) One (1) eighteen (18) inch bow saw;

      (29) One (1) pair of thirty-six (36) inch bolt cutters;

      (30) One (1) eight (8) pound sledge hammer;

      (31) One (1) minimum of fourteen (14) inch chain saw;

      (32) One (1) rounded point shovel, (short handle);

      (33) One (1) rounded point shovel, (long handle);

      (34) Two (2) one half (1/2) inch by twelve (12) inch gooseneck wrecking bars;

      (35) Two (2) one (1) inch by thirty (30) inch gooseneck wrecking bars;

      (36) One (1) six (6) foot pry bar;

      (37) One (1) minimum of one and one-half (11/2) ton come-along;

      (38) One (1) air chisel with extra tank;

      (39) One (1) minimum of ten (10) ton porta-power;

      (40) One (1) minimum of five (5) ton hydraulic jack;

      (41) One (1) thirty-six (36) inch, hooligan tool;

      (42) Two (2) rescue pulleys;

      (43) Four (4) minimum of fifty (50) foot sections of nylon rope;

      (44) Two (2) minimum of 150 foot by one-half (1/2) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (45) One (1) minimum of eight (8) foot straight ladder;

      (46) Two (2) fire retardant blankets or salvage covers;

      (47) Two (2) five (5) gallon gas cans, safety type;

      (48) Two (2) minimum of ten (10) pound fire extinguishers, ABC rated;

      (49) One (1) minimum of two-point-five (2.5) KVA portable generator;

      (50) One (1) minimum of fifty (50) foot section of No. 10 electrical extension cord, GFI equipped;

      (51) One (1) minimum of 100 foot section of No. 10 electrical extension cord, GFI equipped;

      (52) One (1) minimum of 100 foot section of No. 12 electrical extension cord, GFI equipped;

      (53) Four (4) portable (hand-held) radios;

      (54) One (1) mobile radio with antenna per vehicle;

      (55) One (1) encoder;

      (56) One (1) base station radio with antenna; and

      (57) One (1) base station radio tower.

      (58) The requirement for one (1) encoder in subsection (55) of this section, one (1) base station radio with antenna in subsection (56) of this section, and one (1) base station tower in subsection (57) of this section is not required minimum new or replacement equipment if the rescue squad is dispatched by another agency, city or county public safety communications center.]

 

      Section 3. The minimum equipment for a rescue squad specializing in water rescue and recovery operations not utilizing divers and not classified as swiftwater shall be:

      (1) One (1) rigid hull boat, a minimum of (12) feet in length with U.S. Coast Guard required lighting and equipment (33 C.F.R. 183);

      (2) One (1) boat motor, appropriate for boat;

      (3) Two (2) marine-type gas tanks;

      (4) One (1) boat anchor;

      (5) One (1) boat trailer, appropriate for boat;

      (6) Two (2) boat oars or paddles;

      (7) Four (4), Type III personal flotation devices approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (33 C.F.R. 183.101-335);

      (8) Two (2) electric lanterns or spot lights;

      (9) Four (4) buoy markers;

      (10) One (1) tool box;

      (12) One (1) flat blade (slot head) screwdriver;

      (13) One (1) Phillips head screwdriver;

      (14) One (1) pair of pliers, slip joint;

      (15) One (1) pair of locking pliers;

      (16) Two (2) grappling irons or drag hooks;

      (17) Two (2) pike poles, shepherd's hooks, or boat hooks;

      (18) 500 feet of half-inch diameter nylon or polypropylene rope, with rope bags;

      (19) Two (2) water throw bags with seventy-five (75) feet of nylon rope for each bag;

      (20) Two (2) rescue pulleys;

      (21) One (1) full backboard, basket litter, or equivalent;

      (22) One (1) first aid kit, twenty-four (24) unit industrial-type or equivalent; and

      (23) Two (2) flashlights.[(1) New or replacement equipment:

      (a) One (1) john boat, in excess of nineteen (19) feet;

      (b) One (1) minimum of twenty-five (25) horse power boat motor;

      (c) Two (2) marine type gas tanks;

      (d) One (1) boat anchor;

      (e) One (1) electronic depth finder;

      (f) Four (4) Type III personal flotation devices approved by the United States Coast Guard;

      (g) Two (2) electric lanterns;

      (h) Four (4) buoy markers;

      (i) Two (2) spot lights;

      (j) One (1) tool box;

      (k) One (1) flat blade screwdriver;

      (l) One (1) Phillips head screwdriver;

      (m) One (1) pair of pliers, minimum of eight (8) inch slip joint;

      (n) One (1) pair of locking pliers;

      (o) One (1) pair of eighteen (18) inch bolt cutters;

      (p) One (1) bow saw;

      (q) Four (4) pairs of rubberized gloves;

      (r) Two (2) grappling irons or drag hooks;

      (s) One (1) body bag;

      (t) Two (2) pike poles or shepherd's hooks;

      (u) Two (2) sections of minimum of 250 feet by one-half (1/2) inch nylon or polypropylene rope;

      (v) Two (2) water throw bags with a minimum of fifty (50) feet of nylon rope for each bag;

      (w) Two (2) minimum of 250 foot line bags;

      (x) Two (2) rescue pulleys;

      (y) One (1) full backboard;

      (z) One (1) first aid kit, twenty-four (24) unit industrial-type or equivalent;

      (aa) One (1) basket litter;

      (bb) Two (2) signal lights; and

      (cc) Two (2) flash lights.

      (2) Replacement equipment only:

      (a) One (1) vehicle dedicated to water rescue and recovery;

      (b) One (1) john boat, sixteen (16) foot or larger;

      (c) One (1) boat motor with a minimum capacity of fifteen (15) horse power;

      (d) One (1) boat trailer; and

      (e) Two (2) boat oars.]

 

      Section 4. The minimum equipment for a rescue squad specializing in water rescue and recovery operations utilizing divers shall be:

      (1) For Level 1:

      (a) One (1) full or partial face mask suitable for snorkeling;

      (b) One (1) snorkel;

      (c) One (1) pair of swim fins; and

      (d) Appropriate swimwear and snorkeling shoes for the environment;

      (2) For Level 2:

      (a) One (1) full face mask per certified diver;

      (b) One (1) drysuit per certified diver; and

      (c) One (1) independent back-up air supply;

      (3) For Level 3, in addition to the equipment established in paragraph (b) of this subsection, at a minimum:

      (a) Surface supplied air and redundant air supply; and

      (4) For Level 4, in addition to the equipment established in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection, at a minimum:

      (a) Fully encapsulated HAZMAT drysuit.

      (5) In addition to the equipment established in subsection (1) of this section, all squads under this section shall have the minimum equipment listed in Section 3 of this administrative regulation.[(1) New or replacement equipment:

      (a) One (1) mask per certified diver;

      (b) One (1) pressure gauge per certified diver;

      (c) One (1) knife per certified diver;

      (d) One (1) wet suit per certified diver;

      (e) One (1) snorkel per certified diver;

      (f) One (1) buoyancy compensator per certified diver;

      (g) One (1) weight belt per certified diver;

      (h) One (1) depth gauge per certified diver;

      (i) One (1) waterproof flashlight per certified diver;

      (j) One (1) pair of fins per certified diver;

      (k) One (1) air tank per certified diver; and

      (l) One (1) regulator per certified diver.

      (2) Replacement equipment only:

      (a) The water rescue and recovery equipment established in Section 3 of this administrative regulation;

      (b) Two (2) extra tanks per certified diver;

      (c) One (1) dry suit per certified diver;

      (d) Three (3) dive flags; and

      (e) One (1) underwater radio communications system.]

 

      Section 5. The minimum equipment for a rescue squad specializing in cave rescue shall be:

      (1) One (1) litter, basket style;

      (2) One (1) litter, flexible, full length, vertical lift capability;

      (3) One (1) splint kit;

      (4) Thirty (30) carabiners, locking, D’s;

      (5) Twelve (12) rescue helmets, with hands-free or helmet lighting;

      (6) Four (4) friction devices, G-rated, 5 bar minimum, with tie-off;

      (7) Two hundred (200) feet of webbing;

      (8) Two (2) pulleys, two (2) inch, single, prusik minding;

      (9) Four (4) pulleys, two (2) inch double, prusik minding;

      (10) One (1) pulley - knot passing;

      (11) Four (4) sets of prusik cords, matched for pulleys;

      (12) Six (6) edge protection, appropriate for cave environment;

      (13) One (1) flexible ladder, fifteen (15) feet;

      (14) One (1) swivel;

      (15) One (1) radium load release hitch, or equivalent;

      (16) Six (6) rope grabs, mechanical;

      (17) Three (3) ropes, seven-sixteenths (7/16), two hundred (200) static kernmantle lifeline;

      (18) One (1) rope, ten and five-tenths (10.5) mm, or 7/16 inches, 150 feet, dynamic kernmantle lifeline (UIAA approved);

      (19) 400 feet, half-inch diameter static kernmantle lifeline;

      (20) 200 feet, half-inch diameter static kernmantle lifeline; and

      (21) Six (6) rope bags, with drain hole or waterproof.[(1) New or replacement equipment:

      (a) Twenty-four (24) minimum of twenty (20) feet by one (1) inch tubular nylon webbing;

      (b) Six (6) pairs of rappelling gloves;

      (c) Six (6) rappelling, climbing seat, or full-body harnesses;

      (d) Two (2) minimum of 300 feet by one-half (1/2) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (e) Two (2) minimum of 200 feet by seven-sixteenths (7/16) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (f) Two (2) minimum of 300 feet by seven-sixteenths (7/16) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (g) Minimum of 200 feet of accessory cord;

      (h) Eight (8) rope bags;

      (i) Six (6) rescue pulleys;

      (j) Six (6) brake bar rappel racks, six (6) bar type;

      (k) Twenty (20) large "D" locking carabiners, steel;

      (l) Twenty (20) large "D" offset locking carabiners, steel;

      (m) Ten (1) extra large "D" offset locking carabiners, steel;

      (n) Eighteen (18) mechanical ascenders;

      (o) Four (4) figure-eight descenders;

      (p) One (1) SKED stretcher or equivalent;

      (q) Two (2) miles of field phone wire;

      (r) Three (3) field phones for underground communications;

      (s) Two (2) waterproofed first aid kits, twenty-four (24) unit industrial type or equivalent;

      (t) One (1) splint kit with half-arm, half-leg, full-arm, full-leg;

      (u) One (1) set assorted sizes of rigid or semirigid cervical collars;

      (v) One (1) Kendrick Extrication Device or Oregon spine splint or equivalent; and

      (w) Three (3) wool blankets, or one (1) synthetic sleeping bag and vapor barrier.

      (2) Replacement equipment only:

      (a) One (1) vehicle dedicated to cave rescue;

      (b) One (1) basket litter;

      (c) Six (6) rappelling helmets, UIAA-approved, with helmet head lamps;

      (d) Six (6) sturdy caving packs;

      (e) Twelve (12) rugged waterproof flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs;

      (f) Three (3) field phones for underground communications;

      (g) 4,000 feet of field phone wire;

      (h) One (1) 200 foot length of seven-sixteenths (7/16) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (i) Four (4) large "D" locking carabiners, steel;

      (j) One (1) figure-eight descender with ears; and

      (k) Twelve (12) twenty (20) feet by one (1) inch tubular nylon webbing.]

 

      Section 6. The minimum equipment for a rescue squad specializing in high angle rescue service shall be:

      (1) Six (6) helmets with chin straps and designed for working at heights and meeting ANSI Z89.1-2014 or equivalent standard;

      (2) Six (6) pairs of gloves, styled for rope rescue work;

      (3) Six (6) flashlights designed for hands-free operation;

      (4) Four (4) full body (Class III) harnesses designed for rope rescue work and meeting ANSI Z359.11 NFPA 1983, or equivalent;

      (5) 400 feet of half-inch diameter rescue rope;

      (6) 300 feet of webbing;

      (7) Ten (10) sets of prusik or utility cord;

      (8) Two (2) load release straps or web system configured for load release systems;

      (9) Two (2) pick-off straps;

      (10) Two (2) etrier, ladder, or multi-loop straps;

      (11) Six (6) rope storage bags;

      (12) Thirty (30) locking carabiners;

      (13) Four (4) anchor plates;

      (14) Six (6) rescue pulleys

      (15) Four (4) friction devices;

      (16) Six (6) rope grabs or ascenders;

      (17) One (1) large knot passing pulley;

      (18) One (1) victim seat or harness;

      (19) One (1) litter or basket;

      (20) One (1) litter harness;

      (21) One (1) litter patient tie in system;

      (22) Two (2) edge protectors; and

      (23) One (1) radium load release hitch, or equivalent.[(1) New or replacement equipment:

      (a) Four (4) rappelling helmets UIAA approved;

      (b) Twelve (12) minimum of fifteen (15) feet by one (1) inch tubular nylon webbing;

      (c) Four (4) pairs of rappelling gloves;

      (d) Four (4) helmet head lamps;

      (e) Four (4) rappelling, climbing seat, or full-body harnesses;

      (f) Four (4) rugged waterproof flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs;

      (g) Two (2) minimum of 300 feet by one-half (1/2) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (h) Two (2) minimum of 200 feet by seven-sixteenths (7/16) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (i) Two (2) minimum of 300 feet by seven-sixteenths (7/16) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (j) Six (6) rope bags;

      (k) Four (4) rescue pulleys;

      (l) Two (2) brake bar rappel racks, six (6) bar type;

      (m) Ten (10) large "D" locking carabiners, steel;

      (n) Ten (10) large "D" offset locking carabiners, steel;

      (o) Twelve (12) mechanical ascenders;

      (p) Four (4) figure-eight descenders with ears;

      (q) One (1) SKED stretcher or equivalent;

      (r) Two (2) waterproofed first aid kits, twenty-four (24) unit industrial type or equivalent;

      (s) One (1) splint kit with half-arm, half-leg, full-arm, full-leg;

      (t) One (1) set assorted sizes of rigid or semirigid cervical collars;

      (u) One (1) Kendrick Extrication Device or Oregon spine splint or equivalent; and

      (v) Three (3) wool blankets or one (1) synthetic sleeping bag with vapor barrier.

      (2) Replacement equipment only:

      (a) One (1) vehicle dedicated to high angle rescue;

      (b) One (1) basket litter;

      (c) One (1) 200 foot length of seven sixteenths (7/16) inch static kernmantle rope;

      (d) Four (4) large "D" locking carabiners, steel;

      (e) One (1) figure-eight descender with ears; and

      (f) Four (4) fifteen (15) feet by one (1) inch tubular nylon webbing.]

 

      Section 7. The minimum equipment for a rescue squad specializing in swiftwater[each member of a search dog rescue squad specializing in a search for lost, trapped or missing persons] shall be:

      (1) All equipment listed in Section 3(4) through (23) of this administrative regulation;

      (2) Six (6) Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), Class V, with tethers;

      (3) Six (6) rescue or dive knives;

      (4) Six (6) whistles;

      (5) Six (6) vented helmets suitable for water rescue;

      (6) 400 feet of 7/16 inches polypropylene or nylon rope;

      (7) One (1), twelve (12) foot self-bailing, inflatable rescue raft or inflatable rescue boat, or equivalent;

      (8) Six (6) seventy-five (75) foot throw bags (in addition to those required by Section 3 of this administrative regulation);

      (9) Four (4) dry suits;

      (10) Four (4) paddles; and

      (11) 100 feet of messenger line or rope.[(1) Replacement equipment:

      (a) One (1) rescue vest;

      (b) One (1) pair of leather gloves;

      (c) One (1) pair of boots, lug soles;

      (d) One (1) fanny pack or equivalent;

      (e) One (1) rescue helmet with headlamp;

      (f) Three (3) one (1) quart canteens with belt;

      (g) Three (3) flashlights with extra batteries;

      (h) One (1) compass, two (2) degree increments.

      (2) New or replacement equipment only: none.]

 

      Section 8. The minimum equipment for a single-handler rescue squad utilizing dogs and specializing in a search for lost, trapped, or missing persons[search and rescue squad specializing in a search for lost, trapped or missing persons] shall be:

      (1) Three (3) flashlights with extra batteries;

      (2) One (1) GPS unit, capable of U.S. Geographic Service (USGS) data; and

      (3) Two (2) rolls, 100 feet each flagging or surveyor tape.

      (4) One (1) portable radio with two (2) batteries or battery packs and one (1) charger per radio (or equivalent multi-charger unit). This requirement may be satisfied by the handler being accompanied by another individual with appropriate communications.[(1) New or replacement equipment:

      (a) One (1) vehicle dedicated to search and rescue;

      (b) One (1) minimum of two and five-tenths (2.5) KVA portable generator with lights;

      (c) One (1) mobile radio with antenna;

      (d) One (1) basket litter;

      (e) Laminated topographical maps of response area, 1:24000;

      (f) Twelve (12) two (2) way portable (hand-held) radios;

      (g) One (1) first aid kit, twenty-four (24) unit industrial type or equivalent; and

      (h) Twelve (12) rescue helmets with headlamps.

      (2) Replacement equipment only: none.]

 

      Section 9. The core equipment for a rescue squad specializing in a search for lost, trapped, or missing persons shall be:

      (1) One (1) basket litter;

      (2) Topographical maps of primary response area, 1:24000m (may be electronic);

      (3) Two (2) full backboards;

      (4) One (1) basket litter;

      (5) 100 feet of one (1) inch diameter tubular nylon webbing;

      (6) One (1) first aid kit, twenty-four (24) unit industrial type or equivalent; and

      (7) Twelve (12) reflective or high-visibility vests or clothing.

 

      Section 10. The core equipment for an equine rescue squad utilizing horses (equines) shall be:

      (1) All equipment listed in Section 9 of this administrative regulation;

      (2) Fifty (50) feet, 1,850-lb rated braided rope;

      (3) One (1) equine first aid kit;

      (4) Two (2) portable corrals;

      (5) Two (2) carabiners – locking;

      (6) Two (2) USTM or SEI certified equine rider helmets;

      (7) Two (2) equine tack mounted flashlights;

      (8) Two (2) equine care multi-purpose tools; and

      (9) Two (2) sets of reflective tack for identification.

 

      Section 11. The core communications equipment established in this section shall be required for rescue squads, in addition to any other minimum equipment required for that rescue squad by any other section of this administrative regulation.

      (1) A rescue squad that performs light duty rescue or vehicle crash extrication functions shall have:

      (a) One (1) base radio;

      (b) One (1) antenna for the base radio;

      (c) One (1) radio antenna tower or functional alternative structure for elevating the base radio antenna at least fifty (50) feet above ground level;

      (d) One (1) mobile radio with mobile antenna for the rescue squad’s required vehicle, if the vehicle is a motor vehicle; and

      (e) Six (6) portable radios with two (2) batteries or battery packs and one (1) charger per radio (or equivalent multi-charger unit).

      (2) A rescue squad providing search and rescue functions for lost or missing persons (except a search team utilizing dogs covered by Section 8 of this administrative regulation and water rescue, covered by Sections 3, 4, and 7 of this administrative regulation), shall have:

      (a) One (1) mobile radio with mobile antenna for the rescue squad’s required vehicle, if the vehicle is a motor vehicle; and

      (b) Six (6) portable radios with two (2) batteries or battery packs and one (1) charger per radio (or equivalent multi-charger unit).

      (3) All requirements for base and mobile radios and antennas established by this section shall include all required signal transmission line or coaxial cable, connectors, power supplies, and other ancillary items required to render the radio functional for voice communications.

      (4) Any portable (hand-held) or mobile radio owned by another agency, or by a city or county, and assigned to the rescue squad for its exclusive use may be counted toward the requirement established by subsection (1)(c) and (f) of this section, regardless of if the rescue squad does not hold actual ownership of the radios.

      (5) A rescue squad that performs light duty rescue or vehicle crash extrication functions shall not be required to have the equipment required by subsection (1)(a) through (c) of this section if dispatch services for the rescue squad are provided by another agency or by a public safety dispatch center.

      (6) Any rescue squad receiving rescue aid funds for the purchase of radio equipment shall, prior to expending the funds, provide the Division of Emergency Management with documentation verifying the completion of a written agreement or memorandum of understanding between the rescue squad and the Kentucky State Police, authorizing the rescue squad and its members to use the Kentucky Mutual Aid and Interoperability (KMAI) radio frequencies for mutual aid and multi-agency interoperability purposes.

      (7) Any radio purchased with rescue aid funds shall comply with all standards established by the Kentucky Wireless Interoperability Executive Committee (KWIEC), or any lawful successor to that body, including a project review as required by KRS 42.738.

 

      Section 12. Sections 2 through 11 of this administrative regulation, unless otherwise indicated, shall be the minimum for a rescue squad based upon the mission or missions included in the affiliation agreement, and shall not include equipment personally owned by a rescue squad member, including headgear, eyewear, clothing, footwear, handwear, personal packs, and lighting sources.

      (1) In the case of equine teams and K9 teams, most, if not all, animal tack, gear, harnesses, as well as the animal itself, will be personally owned by the member.

      (2) All rescue squads shall ensure the provision of any equipment required to ensure compliance with relevant standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including high-visibility clothing and protective headgear, eyewear, clothing, footwear, and handwear, whether squad provided or personally owned, depending upon the mission.

 

      Section 13. Unless otherwise listed in another section of this administrative regulation, the following minimum criteria shall apply to webbing, rescue ropes, carabiners, rescue pulleys, harnesses, and high angle rescue harnesses purchased after July 1, 2017 with rescue aid funds, and to any item purchased by rescue squads using funds from any source after July 1, 2017 if the item in question is used to meet the requirements of any section of this administrative regulation:

      (1) All carabiners required by this administrative regulation that are not to be used for a lifeload shall have a rated strength along the long axis, with the gate closed and secured, of not less than twenty-seven (27) kiloNewtons (3,034 lbf). These items may also be called "T" rated under NFPA 1983, Selected Equipment Performance Requirements – Carabiners;

      (2) All carabiners required by this administrative regulation that may be used for a rescue or lifeload shall have a rated strength along the long axis, with the gate closed and secured, of not less than forty (40) kiloNewtons (8,992 lbf). These items may also be called "G" rated under NFPA 1983, Selected Equipment Performance Requirements – Carabiners;

      (3) All pulleys required by this administrative regulation that are listed or described as "rescue" pulleys but that are not also listed or described as "large" shall have a minimum rated strength of twenty-two (22) kiloNewtons (4,946 lbf);

      (4) All pulleys required by this administrative regulation that are listed or described as "rescue" pulleys and that are also listed or described as "large" shall have a minimum rated strength of thirty-six (36) kiloNewtons (8,093 lbf);

      (5) All mechanical ascenders required by this administrative regulation shall hold a test load of five (5) kiloNewtons (1,124 lbf) without causing permanent damage to the rope;

      (6) All rope grabs required by this administrative regulation shall hold a test load of eleven (11) kiloNewtons (2,473 lbf) without causing permanent damage to the rope;

      (7) Mechanical descenders, including figure 8 descenders and rappel racks, shall withstand a load of thirteen and five-tenths (13.5) kiloNewtons (3,34 lbf) without failure;

      (8) Nylon webbing required by this administrative regulation shall be one (1) inch or greater in diameter, with a minimum breaking strength of seventeen and eight-tenths (17.8) kiloNewtons (4,000 lbf);

      (9) Rescue rope with a minimum required diameter of 7/16 inch required by this administrative regulation shall have a minimum breaking strength of twenty (20) kiloNewtons (4,496 lbf);

      (10) Rescue rope with a minimum required diameter of one half (1/2) inch required by this administrative regulation shall have a minimum breaking strength of forty (40) kiloNewtnons (8,992 lbf);

      (11) Rescue rope required by this administrative regulation that is listed or described as "static" shall have a maximum elongation, if loaded at ten (10) percent of its rated minimum breaking strength, of ten (10) percent or less of its total length;

      (12) Helmets required by this administrative regulation for use in high angle rescue service shall be designed and intended for climbing, rappelling, working at heights, or high angle rescue use and shall be certified or approved under the standards of the UIAA, NFPA, ANSI, or CE;

      (13) Harnesses required by this administrative regulation shall be deemed by the manufacturer to be suitable for rappelling, climbing, working at heights, or high angle rescue and shall be certified or approved under the standards of the UIAA, NFPA, ANSI, or CE;

      (14) Manufacturers’ written or published specifications for the equipment established in subsections (1) through (13) of this section shall be sufficient to establish compliance with this section. A rescue squad shall not be required to conduct independent testing to verify the compliance of equipment where written or published specifications from the equipment manufacturer indicate that the equipment is compliant with this section;

      (15) A rescue squad may request rescue aid funds to replace any equipment listed or referenced in subsections (1) through (13) of this section that has a maximum safe service life specified by the manufacturer, upon the expiration of the equipment’s maximum service life, without need to demonstrate that the equipment is otherwise unserviceable. The equipment may be requested as new minimum equipment as established in this administrative regulation; and

      (16) Any equipment replaced under the provisions of subsection (15) of this section shall be:

      (a) Returned to the Division of Emergency Management for disposal or for use in nonlife safety training activities; or

      (b) Retained by the rescue squad, with the written approval of the Director of the Division of Emergency Management, for use only in non-life safety training activities. Any item of equipment retained for training use under the provisions of this sub-section shall be clearly and permanently marked to indicate that it is for non-life safety training use only and shall not be used in any life safety application.

 

      Section 14. If a rescue squad engages in more than one (1) specialized rescue squad activity or general rescue squad activity, the equipment listed for rescue squads specializing in water rescue and recovery, water rescue and recovery utilizing divers, high angle rescue service, cave rescue, or search for lost, trapped, or missing persons, shall not have to be duplicated in order to meet the requirements of this administrative regulation. The provisions of this section shall not apply to radio communications equipment required by Section 11 of this administrative regulation, which shall be required in addition to any other equipment required by other sections of this administrative regulation.

 

      Section 15. The capacities and sizes of equipment, as well as the number of units of each item of equipment, established within this administrative regulation are minimum requirements. Unless specifically prohibited by the text of the applicable subsection, the requirement for any particular item of equipment may be met by an item of the same type having greater size, length, capacity, or capability than the stated minimum required by this administrative regulation.

 

      Section 16. Material Incorporated by Reference. (1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

      (a) "Kentucky Mutual Aid and Interoperability (KMAI) radio frequencies", October 4, 2011; and

      (b) “Mutual Aid and Interoperability Memorandum of Understanding for the Commonwealth of Kentucky”, October 1, 2014.

      (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, 100 Minuteman Parkway, Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.[When a rescue squad engages in more than one (1) specialized rescue squad activity or general rescue squad activity, the equipment listed as new or replacement equipment or replacement only equipment for rescue squads specializing in water rescue and recovery, water rescue and recovery utilizing divers, high angle rescue, cave rescue, or search for lost, trapped, or missing persons, shall not have to be duplicated in order to meet the requirements of this administrative regulation.]

 

STEVEN P. BULLARD, Director, Administrative Services

      APPROVED BY AGENCY: November 22, 2017

      FILED WITH LRC: December 12, 2017 at 4 p.m.

      PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on January 26, 2018, at 1 p.m., at 100 Minuteman Parkway, Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-6168 at the Emergency Operations Center in Room 202. Individuals interested in being heard at this hearing shall notify this agency in writing by five workdays prior to the hearing, of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing was received by that date, the hearing may be cancelled. This hearing will not be made unless a written request for a transcript is made. If you do not wish to be heard at the public hearing, you may submit written comments on the proposed administrative regulation. Written comments shall be accepted until January 31, 2018. Send written notification of intent to be heard at the public hearing or written comments on the proposed administrative regulation to the contact person.

      CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Steven P. Bullard, Director of Administrative Services, Office of Management and Administration, Department of Military Affairs, phone 502-607-1738, fax 502-607-1240, email steven.p.bullard.nfg@mail.mil.

 

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS AND TIERING STATEMENT

 

Contact Person: Steven P. Bullard

      (1) Provide a brief summary of:

      (a) What this administrative regulation does: This administrative regulation establishes the minimum equipment requirements for a rescue squad.

      (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: This regulation is critical to provide guidance in the execution of this program pursuant to the basic law, specifically by identifying the minimum equipment requirements for a rescue squad.

      (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 39F.120(12) requires a rescue squad to have the minimum equipment necessary to perform a rescue mission. KRS 39F.120(12) requires the division to promulgate an administrative regulation establishing minimum equipment for a rescue squad. This administrative regulation establishes the minimum equipment requirements for a rescue squad.

      (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This administrative regulation codifies in detail the minimum equipment requirements for a rescue squad, as coordinated through the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission.

      (2) If this is an amendment to an existing administrative regulation, provide a brief summary of:

      (a) How the amendment will change this existing administrative regulation: This amendment removes outdated information and establishes technical updates to accurately define the current minimum equipment requirements for a rescue squad.

      (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: This amendment was necessary to bring the administrative regulation up to date with current Statutory Authority and compliance practices. Members of the Commonwealth’s 114 state-affiliated rescue teams requested this update to allow them to incorporate new technology. The old minimum equipment list was dated 20 years and required updating.

      (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: This amendment brings the administrative regulation up to date with current Statutory Authority, compliance and equipment practices.

      (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statues: This amendment brings the administrative regulation up to date with current Statutory Authority and compliance practices, allowing for the proper purchases and maintenance of response equipment to be in compliance with the applicable Kentucky Revised Statutes and outlining current procedures for funding requests.

      (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: There are 114 state-affiliated rescue teams across the Commonwealth. These teams exist under the authority of County Judge Executives and Emergency Management Directors. The Kentucky Revised Statutes require every county to have a Search and Rescue Coordinator (normally the Emergency Management Director, unless directed otherwise by the County Judge Executive). (KRS 39F.020 – Rescue squads may be formed and duly authorized to perform in the public interest. Authorization to operate within a jurisdiction may be granted by the chief elected official of each urban-county government, charter county government, county, or city which the squad proposes to serve. Rescue squads shall have a formal affiliation with the local disaster and emergency services organization. The statement of affiliation shall be renewed annually.)

      (4) Provide an analysis of how the entities identified in question (3) will be impacted by either the implementation of this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment, including:

      (a) List the actions that each of the regulated entities identified in question (3) will have to take to comply with this administrative regulation or amendment: The state’s rescue squads will have to inventory their equipment, identify shortfalls in equipment, and purchase or otherwise obtain the equipment required to ensure their inventories meet the requirements of this regulation. The rescue squad must have the minimum required equipment in this regulation in order to conduct operations related to the associated rescue squad activity.

      (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): There is no direct answer to this question, as costs vary from county to county. Teams that perform Water Rescue and Recovery and High-Angle Rescue would have higher costs to purchase the required boats, motors, dive equipment, ropes, repelling gear, etc. than teams with less technical rescue requirements. A general estimate of funding for all 114 teams in the Commonwealth would be approximately $1.3M – an average of $11,404 per team. The Commonwealth provides $80,000 annually under the Rescue Air Program to assist in funding Search and Rescue teams to meet the specific requirements established in the KRS. However, obviously the amount of requested grant funds far exceeds the amount provided by the Commonwealth to fund the grant requests. The KRS directs that state affiliated teams may not charge for their services. In addition to the grant program above (note that 27 teams requested a total of $330,000 in grants for State Fiscal Year 2018), they may conduct fund raising events to raise funds to support the purchase of equipment. Clearly there is staff time required to manage the programs and equipment for each county, but we cannot directly define that cost.

      (c) As a result of compliance, what benefits will accrue to the entities identified in question (3): The administrative regulation will accurately reflect statutory guidance, simplifying compliance. In addition, it will enable counties to ensure they are properly equipped to support their Search and Rescue teams.

      (5) Provide an estimate of how much it will cost to implement this administrative regulation:

      (a) Initially: As noted in (4)(b) above, a general estimate of funding for all 114 teams in the Commonwealth is approximately $1.3M – an average of $11,404 per team. Clearly there is staff time required to manage the programs and equipment for each county, but we cannot directly define that cost.

      (b) On a continuing basis: Annual staff time to monitor, maintain and acquire related equipment, and to apply for grants under the Rescue Air Program.

      (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: Funding is internal to each county. The Commonwealth provides $80,000 annually under the Rescue Air Program to assist in funding Search and Rescue teams to meet the specific requirements established in the KRS. The KRS directs that state affiliated teams may not charge for their services. In addition to the grant program above (note that 27 teams requested a total of $330,000 in grants for State Fiscal Year 2018), they may conduct fund raising events to raise funds to support the purchase of equipment.

      (7) Provide an assessment of whether an increase in fees or funding will be necessary to implement this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment: No increase is required or intended.

      (8) State whether or not this administrative regulation establishes any fees or directly or indirectly increases any fees: No fees or fee increases are established.

      (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? Tiering was not used. The regulations will not reduce or modify substantive regulatory requirements, eliminate some requirements entirely, simplify or reduce reporting and recordkeeping requirements, reduce the frequency of inspections, provide exemptions from inspections or other compliance activities, or delay compliance timetables.

 

FISCAL NOTE ON STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

      1. What units, parts or divisions of state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) will be impacted by this administrative regulation? The Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, which administers the Rescue Air Grant program, and the 114 state-affiliated rescue teams across the Commonwealth. These teams exist under the authority of County Judge Executives and Emergency Management Directors. The Kentucky Revised Statutes require every county to have a Search and Rescue Coordinator (normally the Emergency Management Director, unless directed otherwise by the County Judge Executive). (KRS 39F.020 – Rescue squads may be formed and duly authorized to perform in the public interest. Authorization to operate within a jurisdiction may be granted by the chief elected official of each urban-county government, charter county government, county, or city which the squad proposes to serve. Rescue squads shall have a formal affiliation with the local disaster and emergency services organization. The statement of affiliation shall be renewed annually.)

      2. Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 39A.050, 39A.070, 39F.100, 39F.110, 39F.120, 39F.130, 39F.140, 39F.150, 338.031.

      3. Estimate the effect of this administrative regulation on the expenditures and revenues of a state or local government agency (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first full year the administrative regulation is to be in effect. A general estimate of funding for all 114 teams in the Commonwealth is approximately $1.3M – an average of $11,404 per team. Clearly there is staff time required to manage the programs and equipment for each county, but we cannot directly define that cost.

      (a) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first year? No revenue will be generated.

      (b) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for subsequent years? No revenue will be generated.

      (c) How much will it cost to administer this program for the first year? A general estimate of funding for all 114 teams in the Commonwealth is approximately $1.3M – an average of $11,404 per team. Clearly there is staff time required to manage the programs and equipment for each county, but we cannot directly define that cost.

      (d) How much will it cost to administer this program for subsequent years? There is staff time required to manage the programs and equipment for each county, including equipment maintenance and purchase of replacement equipment, but we cannot directly define that cost, which will be highly variable by Search and Rescue team. Cost will be significantly less than the average start-up (initial acquisition) cost of $11,404.

      Note: If specific dollar estimates cannot be determined, provide a brief narrative to explain the fiscal impact of the administrative regulation.

      Revenues (+/-): N/A

      Expenditures (+/-): Well under $10,000.

      Other Explanation: Annual costs will be highly variable by Search and Rescue team.