Firefighters must be ready to battle blazes in confined spaces

Firefighters must be ready to battle blazes in confined spaces

Firefighters must be ready to battle blazes in confined spaces

Most firefighters would probably agree that there is no such thing as an ideal blaze to contend with. Whether they are dousing flames in a burning home or a tunnel, there is always a chance conditions could take a turn for the deadly. Confined spaces are especially dangerous settings for fires, which is why fire rescue training focused on these types of situations are so essential.

Fortunately, many decision-makers at fire departments across the nation realize their crews cannot predict when they will have to respond to a blaze in a tight space. For this reason, they are providing these professionals with opportunities to receive this type of firefighter training before it is too late. Here are examples of just two types of drills departments recently organized:

Massachusetts training session highlights the dangers of tight spots
Many locations are considered to be confined for good reason. A manhole, for instance, is tight, but also not meant to be occupied, Richard Hartman, the lead instructor for a recent training program, told The Daily Voice’s website for Holden, Massachusetts. The drills Hartman was overseeing brought firefighters from Holden out to a sewage treatment plant where they ran through several scenarios. In one instance, rescue workers had to descend down a shaft in order to save the lives of two individuals who had passed out from exposure to hydrogen sulfide.

Hartman said that atmospheric hazards are firefighters’ top concern when working in confined spaces. As a result, they need to know how to check for hazardous materials and pull off a successful rope rescue, all while wearing the appropriate breathing apparatuses.

Texas firefighters venture into the trench
Another setting firefighters may find it hard to maneuver in is a trench that has collapsed on itself. Rescuing one or more people who have become the victims of trench incidents is no easy task. In fact, the Weatherford Democrat reported that a rescue can take anywhere from six to 12 hours in the typical scenario.

To ensure they know what to do if ever faced with an accident in a trench, firefighters from different departments in Parker County, Texas, recently completed several days of rescue training. Firefighters who participated grabbed shovels, ropes and specialized equipment to learn how to conduct a proper trench rescue. Each of the firefighters involved in these training exercises had at least three to four years of professional experience.

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