For any facility that expects to have their employees enter Permit-Required Confined Spaces, the ability to rescue trapped or injured employees from those spaces is a basic OSHA requirement. Many facilities assume that the local Fire Department will provide this service if an emergency occurs. In reality, very few Fire Departments are trained in Confined Space Entry and even fewer provide Standby Rescue services for industrial companies. New Sharon Fire and Rescue has all the equipment and is certified to enter a confined space to perform rescue or recovery operations.
Saturday February 7th, 2015 –
New Sharon’s Fire and Rescue Team engaged in a 6 hour training course covering confined space training and the hazards associated with those entry and rescue operations.
The instructor, Dan Walker, provided these classes through PRI (Professional Rescue Innovations) and the Fire Service Training Bureau. There was classroom instruction as well as the hands-on portion in the afternoon. Precision Foods of New Sharon had six of their employees that attended the training sessions along with the NsFR team-members. Precision foods have confined spaces in their manufacturing facility and thereby need to be able to perform rescue operations if required.
The training topics that were covered were:
1. Knowing what a confined space is
2. Knowing the hazards associated with a confined space
3. Potential symptoms and effects of Oxygen deficiency
4. Getting to know the equipment that is used during a confined space rescue
(Tri pod, ropes, 4 to 1 raise/lowering system, carabeaners, belays, 4 gasmeters, and ect.)
5. Understanding all and each job title and their duties that associate with them
The last hour included a scenerio where everyone was involved in working together and performing the rescue.
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