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Technical Rescue Training

Technical Rescue Training is for all crew members who could be required to carry out technical rescues in the following areas:

  • Trench rescue
  • Confined space
  • High angle rope rescue
  • Fast water rescue

Technical Rescue Training Objectives

Trench rescue:

  • Recognise and control the risks and hazards associated with any trench-related rescue incidents.
  • Describe the various types of soil and distribution forces within a trench.
  • Demonstrate a safe approach to incidents and scene management.
  • Describe the various causes and types of trench collapse.
  • Identify and select suitable equipment for the purpose of trench rescue.
  • Demonstrate safe work systems using protective systems in both straight and intersecting live trenches.
  • Perform rescues from straight and intersecting trenches.

Confined Space:

  • Effectively manage confined space incidents and conform to legal requirements.
  • Identify and categorise confined space incidents.
  • List environments which are categorised as confined space incidents.
  • Identify gases using the Zellweger air monitoring equipment.
  • Describe ventilation principles.
  • Select the correct PPE and required equipment.
  • List the effects of heat and humidity on human performance.
  • Operate USAR ventilation apparatus.
  • Operate USAR Conspace communications apparatus.
  • Operate USAR entry control board.
  • Operate the SavOx TR re-breather equipment.
  • Operate the Microvent resuscitator.
  • Operate USAR line access on safe working at height equipment in confined space operations.

High Angle Rope Rescue:

  • Develop skills in the care, maintenance and use of the rescue equipment.
  • Develop skills in the care, maintenance and use of all rescue lines.
  • Develop a knowledge of anchor selection and rigging.
  • Understand rescuer safety.
  • Gain effective two rope rescue system rigging skills.
  • Understand how to effectively package casualties.
  • Rappel techniques.
  • Understand the one rescuer technique (pick-off).
  • Gain casualty lowering skills.
  • Conduct casualty raises using mechanical advantage.
  • Use stokes-type baskets for structural rescues.
  • Be able to problem solve rope rescues.
  • Understand the rescue team structure.Fast Water Rescue:
    • Gain an understanding of hydrology.
    • Introduction to the technical rescue equipment.
    • Hazard identification and risk assessment.
    • Introduction to the relevant rope systems.
    • Gain skills and knowledge surrounding swimming in moving water.
    • Consideration of medical issues and implications.
    • Basic boat handling skills.
    • Skills in scene management.
    • Contact and in-water rescue skills.
    • Basic incident command skills.
    • Gain skills surrounding water crossing techniques.
    • Understand search operations.
    • Flat water boat handling skills.