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Developing New Skills with Confined Space Rescue Training< Back to News

Nov 01, 2018

FRI employees recently completed a 40-hour Confined Space Rescue Training, offered through Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training.  About 75% of the training included hands-on exercises completed both on OSU and FRI Experimental Units.  The week ended with a review of potential scenarios and practice rescue exercises at the FRI Experimental Unit.  The following topics were covered:

  • Regulations pertaining to confined space entry and rescue
  • Hazards
  • Ventilation of Confined Spaces
  • Equipment Requirements
  • Rigging and knots commonly used during rescue
  • Packaging victims
  • Techniques for belaying, rappelling and raising and lowering rescuers and victims
  • Working in atmospheres that are immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH Atmospheres)
  • Incident command and organization

Participation in the hands on exercises vas very high and well received, even though they were very physical and challenging.  We came away with respect for the hazards and challenges of various rescue scenarios.  Although FRI does not work in IDLH atmospheres we enter confined spaces several day s out of the year.  Learnings from the training last week will be used to update our confined space rescue equipment and procedures.

Some Pictures from the training: