From heights to swift water, urban & rural disaster zones and confined spaces; imagine a difficult rescue situation and Queensland firefighters are trained in its response.
This week, firefighters from across Queensland completed the second stage of the Technical Rescue Level 2 Rescue Technician program; qualifying in Level 2 Confined Space and Trench Rescue.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Technical Rescue Unit Manager Daryl Rush says the course covered off on theory and practical skills training, preparing firefighters for various scenarios they may encounter.
“Across the last two weeks firefighters have undertaken specific skills training and have completed a series of exercises involving the simulated rescue of casualties from a range of confined space and trench rescue situations,” he says.
“The Technical Rescue Level 2 Rescue Technician program builds upon the base Level 1 Technical Rescue competencies completed by firefighters during their recruitment training course.
“All urban firefighters are trained in firefighting, road crash rescue, hazardous materials response and Level 1 Technical Rescue; they can then opt to enrol in the Technical Rescue Level 2 Rescue Technician program and complete the various Level 2 disciplines; this week we saw the completion of Confined Space and Trench Rescue Course 30.”
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