On Sunday, May 24, 1998, the Dothan Fire Department responded to a tragic construction accident. A worker installing a sewer line was trapped beneath 9 foot of earth when a "shear wall" collapse occurred. Two men had been working on the line over the holiday to complete a project that would tie a new shopping center into the City's sewer system. This incident would require a regional response that would involve nearly 150 rescue workers from 14 different agencies to bring this situation under control. For more than 11 hours, the rescue workers performed superbly, under extremely difficult circumstances. This article will discuss the strategy and tactics as well as the incident management system components that were used at this very unusual and time consuming alarm.
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