Saturday, July 19, 2009
Today I finished up my confined space rescue training. I'm proud to say that I did well and I had the opportunity to train with some great guys and great instructors. However, training on CSR truly gives a whole different perspective on the sitaution. Where people get impatient and complain about what's taking rescuers so long to get a victim out, they truly don't know all that goes on. Typical people don't know that the air sat. levels have to be monitored, or that even the smallest rescuer takes up space with all the equipment they are wearing or are hooked up to and any equipment being carried. They don't know how easy it is to get entangled in your line and your air line or the 2nd rescuers' lines, including keeping your lines free from any debris or rubble while you are entering/exiting the CS, then add a rescue victim to all that.
There's no time for confusion or panic once you're in, you need to be able to think clearly and remain calm. I look forward to furthering my training on CSR and gaining more knowledge so that some day when I am called upon to rescue a life, that I will be trained well enough that it will feel like 2nd nature to me to go into a confined space.
Thanks for reading and for those who do not have this certification, I strongly reccomend it think about how much more you can help out w/ it. When you're in the CS you can radio any visual / suspected injuries, which in turn will allow for medics to be ready to treat/ stablize immeditately for the things you gave a heads up on.
Your friend in Pennsylvania,