Technical Rescue

Confined Space Rescue for the First-In Fire Company

Issue 09 and Volume 173.

By ROSS CHAPMAN According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than two million American workers enter confined spaces annually, and approximately 92 fatalities result from confined space entries. Countless other emergencies may go unreported since these events might not have resulted in a worker’s death. Based on these statistics, it is likely that a firefighter will respond to a confined space emergency at some point in his career. As a firefighter, you are tasked with responding to a wide variety of incidents, some for which you may not be trained. With confined space rescue emergencies, many of us may not have had the luxury of working with personnel trained in confined space rescue and technical rescue teams; depending on your area, these teams could take an hour or more to arrive. This poses the question: As the first-in company, what can you do at a confined space rescue…

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