Fire Department Conducts Trench Rescue Training

SALE CREEK, Tenn. (WDEF)-  The Chattanooga Fire Department along with other agencies are holding trench rescue drills.

This drill was being held at Old McDonald Farm in Sale Creek. The drill allows first responders to simulate saving a victim who is engulfed by a trench collapse, a simulation that can help save lives in an emergency. It’s a very dangerous situation.

Terry Knowles, the Special Operations Officer for the Chattanooga Fire Department, said that, “It’s critical to have an emergency team that can respond to an emergency like that because we are growing, and so much infrastructure is being built. It’s good to have a team, and we’ve had multiple agencies from all around our mutual aid counties, so starting next year we’ll start a whole other round of training classes and we’ll have more agencies that will come and be part of this training next year.”

This Urban and Search Rescue Team has completed courses on Rope Rescues and Structural Collapse. There was also training to simulate giving medical aid in this scenario. These courses will wrap up in January with a confined space rescue course.

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