Trench Rescue Technician

Course Description

Designed for fire and rescue personnel who may encounter trench rescues as part of their responsibilities, Trench Rescue Technician is an intense, hands-on, 32 hour program featuring a combination of classroom and practical evolutions. This course will provide the knowledge and practical skills necessary to safely and legally mitigate a trench collapse or excavation emergency. This course meets the training objectives of NFPA 1006 and/or 1670, Chapter 11, to the Technician Level. The course covers topics such as rescuer and team safety, preplanning, equipment selection, atmospheric monitoring, personal protective equipment, patient packaging and recovery, OSHA regulations addressing trenches and excavations, assessing soil composition and stability, stabilization and shoring using heavy timber and pneumatic shoring equipment and emergency shoring of straight, “L’, “T”, and deep (12′-16′) trenches.

Course Details




  • Student Medical Release
  • ICS100
  • ICS200
  • Department Uniform
  • Long pants and a long sleeve shirt
  • Helmet with chin strap
  • Eye protection which must meet ANSI Z87.1 standards
  • Leather work gloves which are not used as firefighting gloves
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Notebook and pen
  • Carpenter apron, hammer, tape measure, and carpenter’s pencil (2)
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Small backpack with lunch (students should bring lunch each day as class may be at a remote site), water, bug spray/lotion, and sunscreen

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