Rescue Operations for Trench Collapse - Part 1

In the past, workers and would-be rescuers have become caught and, in some cases, killed needlessly in trenches that have collapsed suddenly, and with little to no warning. It has become commonplace that the public relies a great deal on the local...

Taking the time to identify these hazards and characteristics prior to rushing into the incident will aid in the successful remediation of the emergency. Next month we will look at sizing up the incident, safely shoring the trench, and support procedures that are critical to the operation.

Until next time, stay focused and stay safe.

MICHAEL P. DALEY is a lieutenant and training officer with the Monroe Township, NJ, Fire District No. 3, and is an instructor with the Middlesex County Fire Academy, where he is responsible for rescue training curriculum development. Mike has an extensive background in fire service operations and holds degrees in business management and public safety administration. Mike serves as a rescue officer with the New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and is a managing member for Fire Service Performance Concepts, a consultant group that provides assistance and support to fire departments with their training programs and course development. Mike was a panelist on Radio@Firehouse on the Successful Rescue Operations in Today's Fire Service. You can reach Michael by e-mail at