Trench Rescue Training

About 100 people each year die in trenching accidents. Thousands more are injured. Our Trench Rescue training teaches students how to respond safely to these emergencies and perform organized, systematic rescues from collapsed trenches and excavations.

Trench Rescue Training 1

Removing a patient from a simulated trench collapse during a training exercise in Sierra Vista, Arizona with the Sierra Vista Fire Department in 2012.

Specifically, students will learn:

  • Basic soil mechanics and trench failure patterns.
  • General requirements for working safely below ground.
  • Scene assessment and control.
  • Constructing safe zones in the trench.
  • Patient packaging and extrication.

There are various levels of training that D2000 Safety can provide. These training levels correspond to the NFPA guidelines (1670) and include:

Trench Rescue Operations: Teams operating at the operations level can perform rescues from non-intersecting trenches less than about eight-feet deep. In addition there are no severe environmental hazards present. This level of training requires about three days.

Trench Rescue Technician: Teams operating at this level can perform extrication's from deeper trenches that may include intersections, T's and bends.  There may be severe environmental hazards present such as hazardous atmospheres. This level of training requires five days.

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Trench Rescue Training Course Outline

Trench Rescue Basics

  • Basic Soil Mechanics
  • Trench Failure
  • General Safety Requirements

Soil Mechanics

  • Soil Types
  • Classifying Soils
  • Soil Tests
  • Fire Service Classifications
  • Anatomy of a Collapse
  • Common Types of Collapses
  • Other Collapse Patterns

Trench Rescue Process

  • Rescue Equipment
  • Incident Command System
  • Arrival On Scene
  • Phase 1 - Size-ip
  • Phase 2 - Pre-rescue
  • Phase 3 - Rescue
  • Phase 4 - Termination

Rescue Protective Systems

  • Traditional Shoring
  • Screw Jacks
  • Pneumatic Shores
  • Creating Safe Zones

Lifting and Moving

  • Air bags
  • Cribbing

NFPA 1006 Skill Performance Checklists

NFPA 1670 Standards


Trench Rescue Training can be taught at your location, request a quote!

Jim Johnson June 29, 2016
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