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California Firefighters Learn Trench Rescue Training

Two dozen Cal Fire Merced County firefighters and their Los Banos counterparts teamed up Friday for trench rescue training, reports the Merced Sun-Star.

It entailed measuring and building support walls for a 10-foot trench, walkways around the hole and reinforcing the walls as they descended a ladder to the bottom of the trench.

Friday’s scenario was designed to practice the rescue of a city or construction worker whose trench collapsed on him or encountered some other problem, like a burst water line.

“With the students we’re learning how to build a system or a plan of how we’re going to get in there safely and help bring the person out,” Rahn said.

Most of the county stations have one firefighter on duty at a time, he said, so teamwork is essential.

Los Banos Fire Chief Chet Guintini said training with a crew from across the county is “invaluable.”

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