Illinois Fire Service Institute


Trench Rescue Operations - Level I : 32 Hours

Student Fee

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Course Description

The scope of this course is to prepare local responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the NIMS at a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive) WMD Event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the need for a shallow, non-intersecting trench rescue. The Trench Rescue Operations course has been designed in accordance with NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Professional Qualifications. This course pertains to trench rescues involving injured or entrapped persons. The class covers the federal and state regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety and scene evolutions involving various trench rescue problems. Written and practical skills testing will be conducted at the completion of the course.


Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Trench Operations, may require completion of other certification requirements or courses (eg. Technical Rescue Awareness, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations, NIMS etc.)  prior to submission of OSFM paper work. Please refer to the OSFM site or contact OSFM directly for specific details and information.


  Syllabus - Trench Rescue Operations.pdf

This course is part of the following Programs

  • nfa-endorsed
  • trench rescue


IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.

If you have specific questions about this course contact JON HAUGE

If you are interested in having this course taught in your area, contact your regional representative or JON HAUGE .

If you are not sure who your regional representative is, take a look at this map. It is color coded by county. The regional representatives are listed below.

Upcoming Classes

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wilmington Tue, May 29 2018 -
Fri, Jun 1 2018

wilmington Tue, Jun 12 2018 -
Fri, Jun 15 2018

Applicable Credits

As of 01/22/2018

FEMA Approved

This course has FEMA approval

NFA Endorsed

Hours: 24


NFPA 1670

NIMS Compliant

This course is NIMS compliant.


NFPA 1006
11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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