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    Has anybody received a FIRE grant for certified Trench Training and trench rescue equipment ?? If so, could we get a copy of your narrative.

    We are suburban, so specialized training is a high priority, but the equipment is not basic equipment and would be a new mission area. So that would be a lower priority.

    We have already received grants for the basics. PPE's, SCBA's, TIC's, exhaust system, training room equipment, radios, gear washer, AED's etc.
    We have a 2000 pumper, so a replacement for our 1984 pumper is out. Any input is appreciated.

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    There's probably at least one out there, but not many go for trench rescue equipment.
    Also don't confuse 'higher priority' with high priority. For suburban departments yes, specialized training is a higher priority than awareness or operational level training. But that doesn't mean it's high compared to other things.

    New mission will hurt, especially with something like trench rescue. While they are highly publicized, they are one of the rarer rescue types. Most have more building collapse risks than trench since you have to dig a trench to have the risk, whereas anything higher than 2' off the ground can collapse.

    With all of the other bases covered, as long as you have the trench risks in your 1st due it's worth a shot. They might say no but they may say yes. Especially with the packaging of the training. That's going to be looked at more closely with every application. Applicants either need to be trained to use what they're applying for already, or they need to ask for the training as part of the package. It wouldn't surprise me to hear of that being a scoring metric in Peer Review.

    Good luck - Brian

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    FF0525,
    Sounds like we are paddling in the same boat. After completing our needs assessment back in 2003, we have been fortunate to have been funded for PPE, SCBA, TICs, B/A compressor, radios, and extrication .

    The next item on our (re-evaluated) needs assessment is our floodwater/swiftwater response capabilities. We are a suburban dept. also, with lots of residential growth that contributes to the flooding problems. We feel like the best we can do is to be honest and tell our story. Hopefully our application will score high enough to get to peer review.

    Remember, the type of department you are has an impact on your score and priorities. good luck!

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    roger that, my Chief was set on trying to replace our 1984 rescue/pumper, a midi-pumper on a 2 seat commercial chasis at that. But we have a 2000 ALF custom, so that knocks us out of a truck. So next on the needs assesment is trench equipment. Good luck to you too.

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    We recieved funding for shores, pannels, lumber and tools.

    In the application we stressed the multi use of the shores, colapse, vehicle stabilization, and trench. We went from the angle that the shores would be safer than the manual techinques and Ellis shores we were using. We also provide the only service of it's type for several counties around us.

    We were not starting a new capability, just making an existing one safer for our responders.

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    SCrescue,

    Would you be willing to share your narrative on collapse equipment?

    Thanks

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    Here is the part dealing with trench. Let me know if you want the whole thing.

    While the Rescue Squad has the only trench or structural collapse capability in the County, the equipment owned by the squad consist of Ellis screw jacks and timbers. These manual techniques are time consuming. The grant funds will be used to purchase a set of pneumatic shores that can serve multi duty in not only collapse stabilization and trench rescue but also vehicle / transportation accidents. As there is no resource for lumber for 20 miles, lumber and hand tools would be purchased and stockpiled. The funds requested are for:

    1 – Con-space Rescue Communication Kit 5 – 6 person system - $9858.00
    1 – US&R Rescue Strut System including $51,500
    Miscellaneous lumber & Hand tools $1600.00

    WHY THIS PROGRAM WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE COMMUNITY AND / OR TO OUR
    DEPARTMENT
    The nature of rescue is in and of itself hazardous. Like many other communities, our rural setting and reliance on volunteers complicate our situation. Insuring the safety of our personnel requires the best personal protective equipment available while maintaining the health of our members necessitates an on-going fitness program. The use of multifunction equipment maximizes training and skill development and provides for the most efficient on scene operation.

    The requested funding will allow 100% utilization of responding personnel.

    While the community is classified as rural, a major US Highway remains a major truck transportation thoroughfare and the traffic passing through town on the CSX rail line remains high. The local manufacturing plants and public utilities depend on the squad for confined space rescue, especially during maintenance. One manufacturing facility which in now closed contains numerous confined spaces as well as connecting tunnel passages. While this facility is not currently in operation, maintenance operations continue. The entry of these confined spaces by crews unfamiliar with the spaces increased the hazard.

    The Town is located in an area of South Carolina prone to severe weather. Combined with the low income status of the community, the age of the homes, and abundance of mobile homes, the likelihood of structural collapse is great.

    The use of engineered trench and collapse shores will remove the uncertainty caused by the use of timber shores.

    The community and department will realize benefits as resources can be use to upgrade capability rather than fund protective equipment and expendable supplies.

    STATEMENT OF EFFECT

    The members of our squad have worked to develop an able and respected rescue service. The equipment has in large order been purchased through donations and funding drives. While funds are available through the County for training, the members often use vacation or lose wages to attend classes out of town. What personal protective equipment that is available beyond utility items has been purchased at member’s expense.
    The grant funding requested will allow members to continue their demonstrated dedication to skill development with a lesser burden to raise fund to support our mission. Funds raised outside of this grant
    will allow the squad to begin to develop capabilities to address other identified risk in the area.
    The protective equipment will provide a level of protecting never before realized for our unit.
    The fit testing equipment will allow for the streamlined management of our respiratory protection program freeing time for other station activities.
    To a larger extent, the requested equipment will provide increased efficiency for the low-frequency/high intensity rescue situations such as trench and structural collapse rescues. The modern, reusable equipment will allow increased training and development of rescue capability. We hope this equipment, combined with current and ongoing training will allow us to continue to approach these situations as a rescue rather than a body recover operation.

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