Confined Space Rescue Training

Our confined space rescue training classes teach students to conduct safe and effective patient evacuations from their location's permit-required confined spaces. Maintaining and developing this rescue capability requires:

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Although the patient may only be a few feet away from the vessel opening, strict safety procedures must be followed to perform a successful rescue.

  • Developing and updating pre-plans
  • Conducting practice rescues
  • Inspecting and maintaining equipment, and
  • Coordinating with other emergency responders.

Our courses are designed to develop these important skills and ensure that if the need ever arises, the rescue team can perform their roles safely and effectively.

Over half of all our rescue training consists of field exercises and enactment training.

Prerequisites: Before attending this class, students need to have completed confined space entrant and attendant training. In addition, members of the team need to have previous training or a background in First Aid and CPR. (OSHA requires one member of the team to be current.) In some environments, team members may also require training in respiratory protection and hazardous materials.

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D2000 Confined Space Rescue Training Course Outline

Module I: Rescue Basics

  • Industrial Rescue Defined
  • Industrial Rescue Process
  • Rules and Standards

Module II: Safety Overview

  • Safety Pyramid
  • Rescuers and Stress
  • Safety Procedures

Module III: Rope Systems

  • Definitions
  • Basic Equipment
  • Deploying a Rope System
  • Anchors
  • Mainline Systems
  • Belays
  • Rescue Knots

Module IV: Confined Space Operations

  • Size Up
  • Entry Team Preparation
  • Patient Contact
  • Patient Removal
  • Documentation

Module V: Equipment

  • Equipment Certifications
  • Equipment Strength
  • Safety Ratios
  • Rope and Webbing
  • Software Inspection/Maintenance
  • Cleaning Software
  • Hardware Inspection/Maintenance
  • Equipment Inspection Log

D2000's Approach to Rescue Training

In most locations, in-house rescue teams operate under a different set of parameters than professional firefighters. After their initial training, they are not required to perform as many drills as would a firefighter, nor do they generally have access to heavy rescue equipment.

These shortcomings are balanced by the fact that in-house teams only have a limited set of spaces that they might have to enter, while a fire department's technical team may have to enter almost any space in the surrounding community.

As a result we place a great deal of emphasis during our rescue classes on the need to develop and train to written rescue procedures, or pre-plans. A pre-plan should be developed for each space, or representative space, at the employer's location. The in-house team then trains so that they can perform the actions specified on the pre-plan.

The result of this approach is that our instructors don't show the students how to perform all the rescues that may be required at their location. Instead we teach them how to analyze a space and develop a plan for performing the actions needed.

Student to Instructor Ratio

Rescue training requires students to learn and then demonstrate a number of skills and these demonstrations are often made in hazardous environments. As a result, it is essential to ensure proper oversight of each student to ensure that they can perform the skill and are following all safety protocols. To achieve this, we limit the student to instructor ratio to 10:1. This is the only way to ensure our safety and quality standards. As you compare rescue training providers, make sure that each one under consideration maintains these high quality standards.

Confined Space Rescue Training Results

As part of your emergency response preparations, our confined space rescue classes will equip your teams with the skills and knowledge needed to perform patient rescues from a variety of confined spaces.  D2000 instructors ensure students know the fundamentals of confined space rescue techniques including sizing up the scene, ensuring the rescue team's safety, and the using the Incident Command System (ICS). Once students understand this, they can take full advantage of the hands-on, field exercises.

Various rescue scenarios allow students to practice rescues in their location’s permit-required confined spaces.  Our rescue instructors are highly experienced in creating an environment for effectively learning the skills needed for almost any rescue scenario.

Our confined space rescue training courses focus on:

  • Technical rescue rope skills.
  • Best practices for confined space operations.
  • Developing and validating rescue pre-plans.
  • Performing practice rescues.
  • Equipment selection, maintenance and inspection.
  • Coordinating with off-site emergency responders.
  • Performing effective debriefs and updating pre-plans.

When you’re ready to arm yourself with the skills required to successfully perform confined space rescue, the D2000 confined space rescue instructors are eager to help.

 

 

Jim Johnson May 31, 2017
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