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Ashland Fire & Rescue Hosts Trench Rescue Training

Ashland Fire & Rescue is hosting the first Trench Rescue Training course to be provided in Ashland on May 18-20.  California Health and Rescue Training will instruct this very technical discipline to firefighters and public works employees. Half of the first day will be in the classroom and the balance of the class will be in the field practicing the learned techniques.

A trench is any excavation more than five feet deep and deeper than it is wide, and common on construction projects. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 271 workers died in trenching or excavation collapses from 2000-2006.  More than ˝ of the fatalities that occur due to trench collapses involve would-be rescuers. Just last week, KTVB reported that there were two construction workers who died in a trench collapse in Boise, ID.

Knowing the proper procedure for dealing with trench collapses is critical for rescuers and victims alike. Members from Ashland Fire & Rescue, Ashland Public Works, Jackson County Fire Districts 3 and 5, Medford Fire Department, and two members of the Guanajuato Fire Department, Ashland’s sister city, will be participating in this training opportunity.

Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 3,500 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.

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