From September 18 through September 20, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team hosted the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s Trench Rescue Class. The Class started Friday night and continued throughout the entire weekend with nearly two full days of “live trench rescue training.”
In addition, thanks to a grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the students were able to use the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s trench rescue training prop located at the Team’s headquarters in Rossville, Tennessee. The FCTRT’s trench rescue training prop, is the first trench rescue simulator in the State of Tennessee which allows the instructors and students to simulate conditions that may exist when a trench rescue is needed and allows them to train in the various different types of trench rescue situations that they may encounter in a safe and controlled environment.
The Class was taught by experienced and certified instructors with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads who traveled to Rossville from East Tennessee and brought together rescue squad members from the Knox County area; Benton County; Huntsville, Alabama; and Fayette County. At the end of the very long weekend, nearly 20 students were certified in Trench Rescue Opertations.
With a grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has completed the installation of the first trench rescue training prop in the State of Tennessee. The rescue prop is configured and designed to simulate conditions that may exist when a trench rescue is needed and allows the Team to train in the various different types of trench rescue situations that they may encounter in a safe and controlled environment.
Trench rescue, although not a typical response for many fire departments, is extremely hazardous for responding personnel. Trench collapses occur frequently during new construction when the ground opens up from an excavation and the ground has a high risk of caving in. These collapses result in one of the highest causes of death in construction accidents throughout the United States. Rescue teams must have extensive training and specialized equipment to effectively handle these types of incidents and the individuals that may become trapped in a trench collapse.Read More...
The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team will host the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s Basic Trench Rescue Class from September 18 through September 20, 2015 at its Team headquarters located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee.
The Class will be taught by certified instructors with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads who will be traveling to Rossville from East Tennessee. The course is designed to impact knowledge and develop skills for local emergency responders in order to properly shore trenches and to effect a trench cave-in-rescue quickly with a minimum danger to those involved. It will teach the students how to utilize equipment and resources already at their disposal as well as recognize the resources in their community that can be readily used in trench rescue situations.
The Basic Trench Rescue Class will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18 and last most of the day on Saturday and Sunday and will be 20 hours in length and provide 1 CEU for those who successfully complete the certified training. The class is open to any local emergency responders but registration is limited and must be completed through the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads online at www.tnars.org/classes.asp.
Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Continue Dive Training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit
Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Dive Unit recently went underwater to continue their dive rescue training. This time, the Dive Unit was training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to practice techniques in underwater victim recovery.
“Our Team’s dive unit regularly conducts Operational Readiness Exercises in an open water environment to improve both their effectiveness and skills,” said Commander Kevin Snider. “Training with the SCSO K-9 Unit is a huge benefit in that we get a chance to try different techniques before we work a scene together. We want to catch mistakes here, and not make mistakes when we are trying to locate a victim or other object,” said Snider.