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H-304 - Confined Space Rescue

This 32 hour course 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 1670, 1999 edition and with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 “Permit Required Confined Spaces for General Industry”.

Number of Students:
*12 minimum / 20 maximum

Instructor Staff:
One (1) instructor 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 travel, lodging and/or per diem reimbursement to attend HMEP funded classes. A requester will need the support of your supervisor to receive funding.

To receive full benefits from these courses, it is recommended that it be taught at an approved fire training facility. All HMEP Hazardous Material Courses offered through TDEM are compliant with OSHA 29CFR 1910.120, EPA 40CFR Part 311, NFPA Standard 472 and qualify for TCOLE credit.

”Due to the nature of Hazardous Material training, you may be required to perform some physically strenuous activities for this class which may include wearing PPE. Therefore, we recommend all students have a current physical examination prior to class start date.”

Course Objectives:
  • 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 • Scene specific equipment
  • Rescue rope and equipment (NFPA standards) • Identification • Capacities and ratings • 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 • Multi-point and back-up anchor systems
  • Belay system design and operations • Safety considerations • Belay technique I methodology
  • Lowering system design and operation • Safety considerations • Fixed brake lowering systems
  • Hauling system design and operation • Safety considerations • Mechanical advantage theory • 3.1 Vertical z-rig • 4:1 Block and tackle • 3.1 Block and tackle • 4.1 Piggy back system • 3.1 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 • Decontamination
  • PPE Requirements: All participants must bring the following items with them to class – hard hat, safety glasses, leather gloves, safety-toe footwear.

How this course is offered:
This class is offered through TDEM HazMat Preparedness Group 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:

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: Public Works
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Emergency Management
Law Enforcement

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