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Trench Rescue Technician

Howell, Michigan is ground zero for trench rescue.

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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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Advanced Trench Symposium

The Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation held their 2019 Advanced Trench Rescue Shoring Symposium at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Education Center. The ATRSS is a 5 day course that had trench rescue technicians from around the United States, Canada, and Germany.

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Advanced Trench Rescue Shoring Symposium

The Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation held their 2019 Advanced Trench Rescue Shoring Symposium at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Education Center. The ATRSS is a 5 day course that had trench rescue technicians from around the United States, Canada, and Germany. The class is designed for trench rescue instructors and technical rescue team squad officers and managers.

for more on the Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation please checkout their website. The pictures below are from Irakli West of Heavy Rescue Germany.

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Day 5

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Switzerland Trench Rescue

Our friends from Heavy Rescue Germany are spending two days in Switzerland providing training to deal with civil engineering accidents. 

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Switzerland Trench Rescue

Our friends from Heavy Rescue Germany are spending two days in Switzerland providing training to deal with civil engineering accidents.  The trench rescue classes are uses the tried and true Paratech struts along with “Classic” with wood including timber shores.

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Trench Rescue

Trench Tuesday: The Paratech Strut

Strut quick tips!

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Paratech Strut

Chief Buddy Martinette walks thru the basics of a Paratech Struts.  For more information on the textbook in the video, checkout the third edition of Trench Rescue: Principles and Practice to NFPA 1006 and 1670.

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