Recent Training Aids in Trench Collapse Rescue
The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded around 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, to the report of two individuals injured in a collapse within a construction trench on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus on South Columbia Street near Medical Drive.
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“I’m extremely proud of our personnel for their calculated safety, speed, and professionalism with which they responded to this call,” said Fire Chief Matthew Sullivan. “Anytime someone is compromised below ground, the situation is very serious. Our firefighters utilized their recent training to respond accordingly.”
The fire department, in coordination with UNC Environment, Health, and Safety, recently completed confined space training. Rescues like this one were previously handled by the South Orange Rescue Squad, which could take additional time to arrive on scene. This training saves valuable time for victims.
“I want to thank all the responders, including UNC and Orange County Emergency Services, for their teamwork and professionalism,” said Chief Sullivan. “Everyone on scene remained calm and focused on the mutual goal of preserving health.”ac