• These training levels correspond to the NFPA guidelines (1670) and include:

    Trench Rescue Operations: Teams operating at the operations level can perform rescues from non-intersecting trenches less than about eight-feet deep. In addition there are no severe environmental hazards present. This level of training requires about three days.

    Trench Rescue Technician: Teams operating at this level can perform extrications from deeper trenches that may include intersections, T’s and bends.  There may be severe environmental hazards present such as hazardous atmospheres. This level of training requires five days of both blended and onsite training.



    Trench Rescue Basics

    • Basic Soil Mechanics
    • Trench Failure
    • General Safety Requirements

    Soil Mechanics

    • Soil Types
    • Classifying Soils
    • Soil Tests
    • Fire Service Classifications
    • Anatomy of a Collapse
    • Common Types of Collapses
    • Other Collapse Patterns

    Trench Rescue Process

    • Rescue Equipment
    • Incident Command System
    • Arrival On Scene
    • Phase 1 – Size-ip
    • Phase 2 – Pre-rescue
    • Phase 3 – Rescue
    • Phase 4 – Terminiation

    Rescue Protective Systems

    • Traditional Shoring
    • Screw Jacks
    • Pneumatic Shores
    • Creating Safe Zones

    Lifting and Moving

    • Air bags
    • Cribbing

    NFPA 1006 Skill Performance Checklists

    NFPA 1670 Standards

    Self enrollment