The Illinois Fire Service Institute's Confined Space program offers courses to train Firefighters how to properly and safely enter and remove victims from inside a confined space.
Course topics include use of personal protective equipment, atmospheric monitoring, ventilation and isolation techniques, various rigging and retrieval techniques, proper entry procedures, patient care and movement, hazardous material contamination in a confined space, victim engulfment and entrapment, along with proper scene organization and management.
All of these courses are based on NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents; NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications; and OSHA CFR 1910.146, Standard on Permit-required confined spaces.
Most courses are eligible for ProBoard, FEMA, NFA, Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), and EMS CEU credit.
IFSI has released the Confined Space Rescue Field Operation Guide (CSRFOG).
The handy pocket-size guide was developed by IFSI instructor Ryan Reynolds and the IFSI Confined Space team. The CSRFOG puts valuable confined space rescue-related information, in a durable, easy-to-use format, at the fingertips of the properly-trained rescuer.