FR137 Trench Rescue Level 1 & 2


The Trench Rescue, Level 1 course is designed to prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in trench and excavation emergencies. This course pertains to trench rescues involving injured or entrapped persons. The class covers the federal and state regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis is given to rescuer safety and scene evolutions involving various trench rescue problem solving. The course meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P, as well as Chapter 11.4, Technician Level, of NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, and Chapter 11, Trench Rescue, of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

Course Code



32 Hours


  • $310 per student on campus
  • $4,000 flat rate off campus


  • Rope Rescue Operational
  • Confined Space Rescue Levels 1&2


Must be at least 18 years of age.



Maximum Class Size

Minimum 16, Maximum 24

Required Student Materials

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Highlighter
  • NFPA compliant firefighter clothing including helmet, heavy clothing, leather boots suitable for climbing and leather gloves suitable for climbing and rope activities.
  • Jones & Bartlett, 3rd Edition, Trench Rescue Principles & Practices



Course Objectives

  • Student will be able to identify the most common reasons why rescues go wrong.
  • Student will be able to discuss the options for getting specialized equipment to the rescue scene.
  • Student will be able to identify and describe types of trench collapse.
  • Student will be able to use atmospheric monitoring in trench rescue.

Other Notes



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