Confined Space Training
Covid 19 challenges the ability to perform inter-agency training. Adhering to new guidelines, we are able to train now while best adhering to mask wearing, hygiene and social distancing guidelines/requirements. At the end of June, all three shifts engaged in Confined Space training with Torrance Fire Department. The training took place at Torrance Airport’s deactivated Nike missile site, which is a catacomb-styled underground vault and well suited for confined space training.A confined space is defined as a space that has limited or restricted means for entry and exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Many of our local industry has confined spaces and the Fire Department must be able to monitor the atmospheres, set up rope systems to raise and lower personnel and equipment, and potentially extricate victims. Several local industries have such confined spaces which include, but not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, pipelines. Many of these “confined space” rescue skills need to be refreshed annually as they require technical expertise. Thank you to Torrance Fire Department for hosting and training with ESFD in this important endeavor.