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Course Description

H-304 - Confined Space Rescue (Non-Certification)

Course content: This class teaches how to safely and efficiently perform confined space rescues in the industrial and municipal environments through classroom presentations and field exercises. The curriculum meets and exceeds requirements for training in accordance with NFPA 1006 and with OSHA 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.146 Permit Required Confined Spaces. Participants will be able to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas:

- Introduction to rescue operations philosophy and objectives: Course safety rules and considerations; Life safety priorities; Command structure
- Medical considerations and care in the rescue environment: Patient assessment on the rescue scene; Treatment considerations and patient packaging; Basket stretcher operations; Incorporating spinal immobilization; and Scene specific equipment
- Rescue rope and equipment (NFPA standard s): Identification; Capacities and ratings; and Applicable standards
- Knots, bends, and hitches (be able to tie and identify knots): Figure 8 knots; Bowline and its applications; Clove hitch; Square knot; Overhand knot; Water knot (webbing); Butterfly knot; Munter hitch; Double fisherman's knot; Prussik hitch
- Anchor system construction and placement: Evaluating the suitability of potential anchors Multiand point and back-up anchor systems
- Belay system design and operations: Safety considerations and Belay technique/methodology
- Lowering system design and operation: Safety considerations and Fixed brake lowering systems
- Hauling system design and operation: Safety considerations; Mechanical advantage theory; Vertical z-rig; Block and tackle; and Horizontal z-rig
- Confined space considerations and operations (OSHA 29 CFR 1910 146): Personnel safety; Confined space related hazards; Testing and monitoring; Ventilation; Patient care and evacuation; and Decontamination

Number of Students: 12 minimum / 20 maximum

Instructor Staff: One (1) instructor and one (1) Technician

Who should attend: Individuals who are likely to be involved in or serve on an Emergency Response Rescue Team or in a support capacity.

Rural County Host: If you are hosting a class in a rural county (population 150,000 or less) you may not be required to meet the “minimum number of students” for this class. Rural County Residents may be eligible for lodging reimbursement to attend HMEP funded classes. A requester will need the support of your supervisor to receive funding. Contact the HMEP Training Officer with questions at or 512-424-0052. 

Host facility: Needs to provide training areas to support confined space field activities.

How this course is offered: This class is offered through TDEM's Technological Hazards Unit as an onsite delivery at a location designated by the requesting jurisdiction. These classes are an open enrollment with the approval of the class host and TDEM. If you are a County Judge; Emergency Management Coordinator; Fire or Police Chief; Public Works Trainer, Training Coordinator or Officer then you my request to host this course.

Prerequisites & Other Information:
- None

PPE Requirements: All participants must bring the following items with them to class -hard hat, safety glasses, leather gloves, and safety-toe footwear.

Students must be Public Sector Employees/Volunteers: Students must be employed or used by a political subdivision (county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special districts, interstate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.  Private sector, federal, non-profit/not for profit employees may not eligible for these classes unless they also serve in a public sector/volunteer position. Volunteers must apply through their public sector departments.

Texas residents only.

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 32.00
Provider: TDEM - Hazmat
Sponsor: TDEM
Disciplines: Hazmat
Emergency Management
Law Enforcement
Public Works
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service

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