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Technical Rescue (Trench) – Tustin Sports Park

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Trench Rescue

Here is an interesting look from several different views of a successful trench rescue back in April of 2016. The rescue took place by Orange County’s Fire Authority in Tustin, California.  Below are several videos of the rescue.  The lessons learned video provides a great resource for every fire department regardless if your department can handle a trench recuse or you rely regional or county tech recuse team.

The first video is from a Youtuber GregFromTheOC.  The first 30 seconds of the video provides a brief description of the incident. The first six minutes is audio only of radio traffic with dead airtime removed. The Stokes basket is lowered at the 18 minute mark and is back with the victim at the surface at the video’s 20 minute mark.

 

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Lessons Learned

Battalion 3 Chief Jeff Hoey reviews the lessons learns and presents scenarios based on this complicated trench rescue.

 

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Outboard Motor Information

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team shared the video below on their Facebook page of useful information on outboard motor.

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Outboard Motor

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team shared the video below on their Facebook page of useful information on outboard motor.

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team has a great Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual.

https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/PennsylvaniaWaterRescue/Pages/default.aspx

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Heavy Rescue

ALBERTA Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium

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Sept 22-23, 2017 Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium at the CFD Training Academy registration forms ready to be sent out, email me if your interested. Only 60 spots available.

 

 

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Lifting Lockers

Have you walked thru your local school and thought that the lockers could fall on someone?

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Outside the Box

The lifting maze training props that made the rounds across social media last year could use a little updating after looking at the pictures from the rescue call that the Medway Fire Department responded to. If you look at the pictures, the lockers appear to be several sections of lockers attached together. Lifting all the lockers as one unit may not be possible.  A scenario like this will require more cribbing that a large rigid object.

Location

The custodial worker was pinned under the lockers in a second-floor hallway.  This type of rescue will require a large cache of equipment.  Consider the your plan A and plan B lifting tools.  Airbags and battery powered extrication tools are easily deployed inside a building.  If plan Z was to run a gas powered tool do you have ventilation setup along with air monitoring to ensure the patient and rescuers are not put in danger?

Weight

After a quick web search I found that the average 5-6 feet tall, 3 locker section weighs around 175 lbs.  Looking at the pictures, it looks like 3, 3 locker sections fell on the worker.  However, the contents of the lockers is the unknown.  The lockers could be empty or full of textbooks and other items.

Closing Thoughts

Strong work by the Medway, Norfolk, Millis and Bellingham fire departments freed the pinned worker.  This is another one of those calls that could happen anywhere.  Nearly every school has lockers lining the hallways.  Often, the hallways do not have easy access to the outside of the building and the parking lot.  Keep that in mind because all the equipment will have to be carried in.

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