Local search and rescue crews get specialized training

Course includes trench rescue, rope rescues, building collapses, and more

Oklahoma Task Force 1, which includes Tulsa Fire Department firefighters, are getting some specialized training this week in a wide variety of urban search and rescue techniques.

Trench rescue for example is something they don’t get to practice very much.

But as one trainer explained it, workers in trenches - such as construction and utility workers - are so common, there’s a chance of an accident every day.

Today’s training is part of a three-day course that includes trench rescue, structure collapse, rope rescues (pictured above), wide-area rescues, damage assessment, and K-9 search and rescue.

The trainers say they tried to create an environment that was as realistic and challenging as possible for the rescue crews to test their skills.





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