WVU Fire Service – Confined Space Training

When you’re talking about a firefighter, you talk about the high-risk, low-frequency events; it’s hazardous materials
and technical rescue. Today we are doing some confined space rescue training. You’re dealing with hazardous chemicals and in the environment that you’re going
to have to perform a very technical rescue to get the individuals out. I am a
deputy chief with the city of Huntington Fire Department–that’s my full-time job–I’m also a adjunct instructor through West Virginia University Fire Service
Extension. There are some agencies that have done
private training. Benefit here is we’re providing certification to a standard.
They’re meeting a standard that’s expected of firefighters and rescuers
across the country. A lot of the incidents are remote. We’re
bringing them in here and we’re allowing them to become self rescuers, training
them in rescuing skills if there’s an incident that happens, they can
actually do the rescue themselves. A lot of times when you’re looking at doing training there’s a lot of money involved in bringing people here. This is a great unit behind me. It allows us to go to them. We designed it to allow us to provide
several different scenarios based upon what kind of work they’re doing, where
they’re doing it, we can use this to do several different things. We’re bringing
everything to them. They’re using their equipment, their plants, what they’re
familiar with doing the training there. In confined spaces you’re dealing with
hazardous chemicals in an environment that you’re gonna have to perform a very
technical rescue to get the individuals out.

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