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Trench Rescue

First responders went beyond the call of duty, pulling animals from sinkholes, frozen ponds and bear dens
A worker was buried under 10 feet of dirt and concrete in a utility construction site collapse
The worker, pinned by a large piece of concrete, had a fractured arm and his legs were folded backwards underneath the dirt
The hole was very unstable, said Greene County Ambulance Service, which worked with crews from the Eutaw and Tuscaloosa fire departments
It took Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and the Renton Regional Fire Authority firefighters nearly eight hours to recover the man’s body
Dennis Slater was a 29-year member of the Broad Brook FD before retiring, but still helped out at major incidents and fundraisers whenever he could
Search and rescue volunteers from the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council respond to wilderness misadventures
Starr County Sheriff Rene Fuentes credited more than two-dozen entities with assisting in the harrowing rescue effort
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Firefighters learned proper maneuvering in a boat, shore-based operations, defensive swimming, victim pickups from the water and how to paddle
Dozens of firefighters worked for hours trying to rescue the man before locating his body after a trench he was working in collapsed
Trench-rescue training evolutions don’t accurately reflect real scenarios; here’s a look at how to overcome some of those gaps
The man was a contractor who had been digging a trench when the foundation gave away; a total of 33 firefighters responded to the call
The man was alert and conscious when rescue personnel loaded him onto a stretcher to go to a hospital
These shoring devices and techniques will make rescuers safer and more effective
Use this approach to make your trench rescue team safer, faster and more effective