Open-ended Water Rescue Boat
Can safely convert from vertical to
horizontal orientation (and back)
by attendant rescuer while loaded.
• Weight 18.75 lbs (H-STR: 13. 2 lbs)
• Includes waterproof carrying pack
Makes Patent Handling Easier
The STR II includes an integral patent
harness. In a vertcal-oriented rescue, the
patent is lifed by the harness and not the
stretcher, preventng the patent from sliding
down. Color-coded straps, with Rapid-lock
strength rated buckles, indicate Lifing (blue),
Patent (yellow) and Closure (black).
The Patent Harness System easily converts to
secure an immobilized patent on a backboard. Another unique feature is the additon
of a stainless steel “no-pressure” stabilizaton
system. This allows the unit to envelope the
patent without undue shoulder squeeze found
in other fexible stretchers.
H-STR II Ultra-Confined Space Model
251 Beulah Church Road, Carrollton, GA 30117
800.334.3368 | info@Rescuetech1.com STR II Flexible Stretcher
You gain it through developing expertise and advancing
your knowledge in the area in which you are required
to work. You gain it by studying the subject, practicing,
getting feedback, participating in simulations, and actually doing the work on real incidents.
GOOD NEWS: WE CAN REBOUND
The good news is that training researchers now
believe that the 10,000-hour rule lacks merit. Many
believe that meta-learning is the first step toward
shortening the time to expertise. Meta-learning is
considered to be learning about learning. In other
words, it examines how your brain works and what
methods are most effective for you to learn a particular skill. It tightly focuses your training in the area of
deliberate practice, meaning focusing very deliberately
on the subskills that make up an overall skill. So,
practice, practice, practice.
Another way to work toward expertise is becoming
a teacher. How many instructors have you heard say
they learn more each class? This is because they see dif-
ferent approaches to the same problems, and they have
witnessed success and failures that have provided them
with more expertise, more slides in the tray from which
to pull. We must be careful not to fall into perceived
success through a sterile environment of training exper-
tise. There has to be real on-scene experience mixed in
to maintain the appropriate context.
Fire service decision making is suffering from a
reactive push to create a cadre of generalists with the
expectation of expert decision making. Can’t happen!
Please start a movement, make a plan, reward and
encourage specialization, and purposely grow and
cultivate expertise in every skillset for which your
organization is responsible. Take note of your own
decisions. I bet you wouldn’t want your family doctor
(a medical generalist) operating on your knee, heart,
or brain. You would insist on seeing a what? Yes, a
specialist (someone with specific expertise in an area).
Our companies and units should be developed more
like a football team, with everyone having a position
to play instead of a temporary service labor pool.
Now understand as the leader that this means that
individuals are going to gain knowledge and know a
We need specialization, and it is impossible to
think that we can each specialize in everything.