St. Amant Fire Department members recently took part in a four hour Confined Space Rescue Training course, covering 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.

As part of the training session, members were also trained in Incident Command Systems, Knots/Hitches & Equipment, Anchor & Rigging, Lowering & Hauling Operations, Patient Packaging, Tripod Set-up and Air Monitoring.

A Confined Space Emergency is defined as any event, whether inside or outside the confined space, which could endanger the person(s) working within the space, and include the failure of any hazard control or monitoring equipment used within the space, such as ventilators or atmospheric testers.