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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Firefighters Attend Trench Rescue Class

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

A class that instructs firefighters on trench rescue operations has been ongoing this week in Prince George’s County. Nearly 2 dozen career and volunteer members of the Fire/EMS Department are participating in this 30 hour class that will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to perform technician-level trench rescue operations. The class includes members of the Technical Rescue Team, career firefighters and volunteer firefighters from Berwyn Heights and College Park.

Major topics covered in this course include preparation and response, support operations and trench access, disentanglement, trench rescue equipment, and practice sessions on intersecting and non-intersecting trenches. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual materials, practical exercises, and written examinations. Classroom instruction was held at the St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station and practical exercises at a Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission site on Ritchie-Marlboro Road in Upper Marlboro.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to function as part of an integrated trench rescue team.

All photos by Mark E. Brady

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