Members of the Urban Search and Rescue team finished their final phase of training Friday with a simulated trench rescue on the property of the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Chattanooga-based team responds to technical rescue incidents, mostly in a 10-county area of Southeast Tennessee, according to a news release.
Friday's training scenario involved a deep-trench collapse that buried a worker under dirt. Search and rescue team members had to figure out how to get to the victim without becoming victims themselves in an unstable environment. They secured the trench with lumber and struts and removed a lot of dirt. After several hours, the victim, a mannequin, was pulled out.
Students in the training this week came from the Chattanooga Fire Department, Bradley County Fire-Rescue, the Cleveland Fire Department, the Signal Mountain Fire Department and two medical personnel from Erlanger hospital, the news release states. HEPACO, an environmental cleanup company, and the Chattanooga Public Works Department provided assistance with the training.
Since 2007, about 180 firefighters have been trained to the technician level for the search and rescue team.