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The Basic Life Support (BLS) challenge of the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association challenges each team, with their knowledge and skills, to perform real life scenarios utilizing skills such as scene size up, patient assessment, taking vitals, treating wounds, and providing accurate hand-off reports.


The First Response Rescue Challenge combines the medical skills of BLS with the rescue skills of Technical Rescue.  It is designed to train and challenge 4-rescuer engine companies that are likely to be first on the scene before the technical rescue teams arrive.


The Technical Rescue Challenge of the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association challenges each team with their knowledge and skills to perform real life scenarios by using a minimal amount of equipment to achieve a safe and successful rescue.


The Auto Extrication Challenge is designed to teach and assess 4- and 6-person fire/rescue teams ability to successfully complete extrication scenarios with attention to safety features of the evolving automobile industry and best practices, while providing competent and appropriate medical care during an extrication event. 


The Physical Fitness Challenge is an individual event geared towards pushing competitors to their physical limits and challenging their mental aptitude for performing medical and rescue skills under timed conditions.

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The following is a collection of books endorsed by IRECA for use in our competitions:


EMR Complete: A Worktext, 2nd edition

By Daniel Limmer, Medical Editor: Edward T. Dickinson

EMR Complete, Second Edition, is a combination text/workbook that enables students to instantly apply knowledge learned throughout a chapter by reading short segments followed by immediate review in which they can write and then check their answers. The Teaching and Learning package includes online access to instructor and student resources.


Emergency Care, 13th edition

By Daniel Limmer & Michael F. O'Keefe , Medical Editor: Edward T. Dickinson

For over 30 years, Emergency Care has provided generations of EMT students with the practical information they need to succeed in the classroom and in the field. Updated with the latest research and developments in emergency medical services, the 13th Edition meets the 2015 American Heart Association guidelines for CPR and ECC. Using the National EMS Education Standards as a foundation, Emergency Care goes beyond the Standards to provide the most current, accurate reflection of EMS practice today. The text integrates scientific principles in an easy-to-understand way, with a host of critical-thinking features that help students learn to think like EMTs.


High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques: Levels I & II Fourth Edition

By Tom Vines & Steve Hudson

The Enhanced Fourth Edition of High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques: Levels I & II provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of high-angle rescue, including planning, PPE and equipment, medical considerations, evacuations, and special rescue operations. Based on the 2013 edition of NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques: Levels I & II provides a broad overview of all rescue techniques to meets the needs of fire service, search and rescue, and many other rope rescue professionals.


The International Manual of Basic Rescue Methods

By Dawson Nethercutt

As this book is extremely difficult to find, the following digital copies (used with permission) have been provided for your reference.

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