RALEIGH - Final drill of a five-day confined space rescue class
for "C" platoon Special Operations Command companies Rescue 1, Squad 14,
Squad 15, Ladder 3, and Engine 25 (which also staffs USAR 801). The scenario simulated three distressed workers in a manhole system, one suspended below the opening, one at the bottom of the opening, and one at the end of a connected access tunnel.
The rescue operation included the rigging of a rope system, to lower a rescuer into the confined space. Each firefighter carried self-contained breathing apparatus, to be used if atmosphere became dangerous.
Remote air monitoring determined the safety of the atmosphere before the rescuers, who also carried monitoring equipment to sample the air as they proceeded deeper into the confined space.
The training was conducted for all SOC personnel on all three platoons.
Mike Legeros photographs.