WMass Technical Rescue Team trains on trench rescues

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – They are responsible for performing some of the most difficult and dangerous rescues in our area.

On Tuesday, the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team met in Feeding Hills for training on how to save people from collapsed trenches.  The team is made of up 74 career and volunteer firefighters from across Western Massachusetts.

Assistant Director Daryl Springman told 22News not all fire departments have the special equipment or training to perform certain rescues, like saving people from a collapsed trench.

“So we have the equipment we need to shore up the walls of trenches that are collapsing and also do air monitoring and removal of victims in trenches,” Springman told 22News. “Because a trench rescue is so dangerous, any time you’re working below grade, you already have a trench that is compromised, and sending rescuers into that trench can be even more dangerous.”

The Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team also specializes in incidents that involve high and low angels, and confined spaces.