On August 18th, the USAR team met at the ConFIRE training facility in Concord. They worked on lifting and moving heavy objects which included a concrete cube, several concrete slabs. They also lifted a 600+ lb tube 12-14 inches straight up. No machinery was used. All lifting and cribbing was done with pry bars, wooden wedges, 2×4's and 4×4's.
There is a great document describing the process in the Docs area of the ContraCostaSAR.org site. Here is a link to a PDF: RS-1 Module 3-1 Lifting & Moving Heavy Objects
Here is a slideshow of the training: