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Technical Rescue Personnel: Trench Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician

April 8, 2024

Alabama Fire College & Personnel Standards & Education Commission

This course is based on NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, Chapter 12, 2021 Edition. The course is designed to offer a combination of classroom and practical evolutions that allow the student to learn proper techniques to make open trenches and excavations safe for victim access and removal. The class is made realistic by actual sheeting and shoring operations of “unsafe” trenches, by using wood, mechanical and pneumatic shoring equipment. The student will also learn and apply multiple skills in lifting practices within the trench environment.


(Pro Board or IFSAC) Certified Rescue Technician: Rope I or Technical Rescue Personnel: Rope Rescue Awareness and Operations Levels


Instate Cost: 350

Out of State Cost: 590

Required Text:

Jones & Bartlett, Trench Rescue, Fourth Edition

Certification Course Syllabus

Certification Practical Exam Materials – Currently under revision

Special Equipment:

  • Hard hat
  • Work gloves
  • Work boots (not firefighting boots)
  • Clothing suitable for outside activities
  • OSHA approved safety glasses