Intense Fire Fighter Trench Training Concludes

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Updated: 11/15/2013 6:35 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Six weeks of digging, winching and rescuing concluded today for nearly 50 fire fighters from across the Tennessee Valley.

Instructor David Bishop,"It involves building shores and securing dirt walls if a trench is falling in on somebody"

The fire fighters  say the training is necessary when saving  construction workers.

Instructor David Bishop,"Individuals working in trenches putting pipes, like we have every day in the city or outside the city, not too long ago they had in Collegedale an individual that a trench box fell in underneath him and collapsed him in there"

One Cleveland Fire Fighter feels the early morning training has been worth it.

Cleveland Fire Fighter, Zach Jagger, "So this gives us more skills that we can utilize but tying it altogether and see how you can use things that you learned in rope class, in confined space in trench rescue just makes for a smoother operation"

The Urban Search and Rescue Training involved nearly half a dozen local fire departments.

Cleveland Fire Fighter, Zach Jagger, "whole lot of hands involved here, especially having everyone on the same page here, especially if you are the one down in the trench"


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