St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department members train in confined space rescue

Fire Chief James E. LeBlanc St. Amant Fire Department
Pictured: (L to R) are – St. Amant Members Jai Denham, Jeremy Duhe, Mytrial Whitehead, Donnie Hebert, Justin Devall and Josh Wingerter demonstrate with Junior Firefighter Broc Poche the different lifting techniques in Confined Space Rescue

Pictured: (L to R) are – St. Amant Members Jai Denham, Jeremy Duhe, Mytrial Whitehead, Donnie Hebert, Justin Devall and Josh Wingerter demonstrate with Junior Firefighter Broc Poche the different lifting techniques in Confined Space Rescue

St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Members recently took part in a four hour Confined Space Rescue Training Course. During the training course, the members demonstrated techniques for safely removing victims from inside tanks, manholes and other hard-to-reach spaces.

Confined space rescue represents one of the most challenging and dangerous rescue operations undertaken by local fire departments today.

This month's training exercises involved rescuers rappelling through a hole down into storage facilities to where victims may require extrication.

The St. Amant Volunteer Firefighters used different lifting techniques to lift emergency responders in and out of confined spaces.

During the training session, the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Members also trained in Incident Command Systems, Knots/Hitches & equipment, Anchor & Rigging, Lowering & Hauling Operations, Patient Packaging, Tripod Set-up, OSHA Guidelines in air monitoring and snatch-n-grab evolution training.

The St. Amant VFD Members have to make sure the air is a safe to breathe, extending an air sampling tube into the confined space, and that the multiple ropes involved do not get tangled.

A confined space emergency is defined as any action or event, whether inside or outside the confined space, which could endanger the persons working within the space. Emergencies include the failure of any hazard control or monitoring equipment used in the space, such as ventilators or atmospheric testers.