Trench collapse training for law enforcement

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Local law enforcement and medical professionals trained in preparation for trench collapses.

Cities of Jackson, Sikeston, and Cape Girardeau joined Stoddard County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to provide a specific type of training.

“We are simulating a trench collapse,” explained Sgt. Tyler Rowe with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. “Doing a trench rescue. This is something we do not encounter too often. Maybe two or three calls a year. This is something we stay proficient in in case it does happen.”

The training helps the trainees keep up to date with any new developments.

“With the additions of new team members and stuff like that, this is good refresher for both guys who have been on the team and it gets the equipment out, it gets it in use. And it is something that we need to be prepared for because it’s not… it’s a high-risk low frequency call that we get,” continued Sgt. Rowe.

Trench collapses only occur a few times a year. Although, the risk is extended to all people.

The trenches could be as deep as 15 feet. The team will lower boards and stability devices to protect the trench from falling. The concern is the inability to breath. The team also provides an air filtration system to use from proper airflow.

“Time is of the essence when we get here,” Sgt. Rowe said. “We want to try to mobilize, get here as quick as we can, and start working as fast as we can, while being as safe as possible.”

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