Confined Space Rescue Training
The Pendleton Fire Department recently hosted a four-day Confined Space Rescue Training class. Rescue Northwest, Inc., a rescue training company from Spokane, Washington, was contracted to provide the training. Four city employees from Public Works trained alongside three city Firefighter/Paramedics.
The training curriculum involved both classroom and hands-on training. High risk confined spaces around the city were identified and then the group spend time at each of these locations going through various rescue scenarios.
Training included: confined space awareness, operations and safety; pre-entry operations; basic knots, anchors and rope rescue equipment; patient packaging using various harnesses and litters; rappelling, ascending, pipe crawling; ladder rescue and high directional anchoring.
All participants learned a great deal in this very dynamic, hands-on training class. The value of having a trained local confined space rescue team will serve our community well.