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    does anyone have a list of min requirments for equipment for trench rescue. trying to get our dept trailor up to par. any info will help

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    How basic or advanced are you wanting to go? Useing speedshore or paratech? Want to be able to shore a straight, L-, or T- style trench?
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    It all depends on what you want to do. As an example here is the trench basic kit from Airshore:
    Basic Trench Kit

    Consists of:

    4- A Struts
    4- B Struts
    4- 6" Extensions
    4-12" Extensions
    8- Flat bases
    8- 23 Degree Swivel
    2- Lowering Hook
    4- 18" spot shore rails
    1- Deadman type dual high pressure air supply

    and based on my experience this is no where near enough equipment.

    So again it all depends on what other resources are coming, size and complexity of trench etc.

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    Check out Paratech's SMT Trench Rescue Trailer. http://www.paratech.com/#/Special Mission Tender/ (click on the Trench Rescue Trailer brochure, gives a list. I like Paratech's struts, have used Speedshore but they are one size fits one, but Paratech are very versitile.

    They go a little overboard, hell they are selling all the stuff, but the basic quaities are right to shore up to a L-shape trench intersection (the most intensive standard trench evolution).

    I would drop the 8 whalers (4 each 6' and 8') they have, go with just go with 4x 10' whalers. Also they mix and match the struts... you will need at least 12 small to medium struts and 4 long struts to shoot an L-shape, I would go with at least 9 smalls and mediums and same with all sizes of extensions. I set up each strut with a swivel base and square base on each end, their inventory looks like they use square bases until they need a swivel.

    Don't buy commercial thrust blocks and corner blocks. Cut your own, save the money and have something that you can destroy in training.

    Don't buy special trench airbags, we use our standard medium pressure/high lift bags.

    Palm nailers are nice to have.

    Last tip, we build "Q-tips" to spin the lock collars by wrapping ducktape around an extension pole (kind you place a squeegie or duster on). Works well and is cheap.
    ~Drew
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