Leadership

TRENCH RESCUE LESSONS LEARNED

Issue 9 and Volume 158.

BY ADAM O’CONNOR Ihear people say on occasion, “Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong?” This statement is usually followed by a litany of coffee stain problems and Murphy’s Law grumblings. We have all had those days. Our job as firefighters is all about helping people when they are having their “worst day.” When everything goes wrong, it is our job to say, “Enough! The bad stuff stops here!” Okay, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but through training, experience, and determination, we try to deal with everyone’s worst day. Photos 1-4, 6 by Bob Amber Click here to enlarge image Thankfully, not every day that starts disastrously ends that way. This is the story of a 21-year-old construction worker who was caught in a trench collapse and nearly lost his life. At some point he must have thought this was the worst day of his…

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