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MUSAR has been providing technical rescue training since 1991.  Their instructors come from the fire service and have real-life rescue experience. Based off many USAR folks that I talked to, Howell, Michigan is the place to go to stay on the leading edge with trench rescue. For the last several years a great friend from across the pond would travel to Michigan to take the latest trench rescue program from the Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation.  Irakli West from Heavy Rescue Germany is that friend.

Below are the photo summary of each day’s activities.

Trench Rescue Technician

Day 1

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Day 2

MUSAR Trench Rescue Technician – Deep Trench 6m (90 Min), End wall raker

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Fredonia DPW worker Trench Rescue

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A Fredonia DPW worker was flown to the hospital with “crush-related injuries” after being rescued from a trench. The victim was working when the sidewall of the trench collapsed on top of the man, leaving him buried chest high.

More information available: FOX6 News Milwaukee


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Trench Rescue Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Take a look at the trench rescue that Palm Beach County Fire Rescue had yesterday.

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Take a look at the trench rescue that Palm Beach County Fire Rescue had yesterday.

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HCESTC’S Trench Rescue Technician Class

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The 2021 Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center (HCESTC) Trench Rescue Technician class was a 24 hour program that taught students how to shore intersecting trenches (L and T), deep trenches >8′, and “repair hole” excavations.  The first day are virtual presentations followed by 2 hands on training days. Take a look at some pictures from this class.

For more information, checkout the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center (HCESTC) Facebook page.

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