Safety App Of The Week

February 2, 2015 No Comments

Below is this week’s “Safety App of the Week“.  Every Monday we publish an article that reviews and rates a new workplace safety app.  Our testing is done on Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s.  We rate each app from to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.     

DRR Rescue

Official Description  

“The best-selling Essential Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide is now a multi-media App. This new full-featured App provides digital access to 196 pages of high quality illustrated procedures with a fast navigation system so you can find your procedure quickly.

Some of the features of this digital Field Operations Guide include:

Video Tutorials that will be updated on a regular basis and automatically loaded onto your App device.

Shoring Calculators that allow you to generate a cut-list with one take-off measurement.

Interactive Command Checklists that include an elapsed time function to assist with training, as well as being a tool that helps rescuers lay the framework for safe efficient rescues.

Icons within the App denote Level 1 and Level 2 standards for each procedure.

All levels of rescuers will find this a valuable reference tool with state of the art illustrated rescue procedures.

The goal of this App is to assist rescuers with performance of technical rescue skills and procedures in order to meet the U.S. national standard for consistency safety and competency. This guide is based on U.S. NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescuer Qualifications.

This app covers Rope Rescue, Technical Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Helicopter Rescue, Structural Collapse Rescue, Rescue Medical procedures, FEMA and NIMS ISC for disaster incident command.1


Thumbs Up

  • cost is only $9.99
  • colorful, good graphics, visually attractive
  • well-organized, easy  to use
  • good instructions
  • reviews: related NFPA standards, risk management principles, and incident management principles
  • addresses seven common technical rescues
  • the rescue categories that most of our readers will be interested in are: trench rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse, and medical situations
  • excellent checklists
  • great companion to the “Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide
  • works off-line


Thumbs Down

  • would be nice to have more types of rescues addressed (e.g. vehicles, machinery, at heights, pits, etc.)


Overall Rating

  • iPad / iPhone  – ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Android –  ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Overall – an essential app for anyone who manages, supervises, or participates in technical rescues


¹ Description courtesy of  iTunes


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