Regional technical team trains for confined spaces - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Regional technical team trains for confined spaces

Posted: Updated:
HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

The Western Massachusetts Regional Technical Team was training in confined spaces at the water treatment plant in Holyoke Thursday. The team consists of about 100 men and women from fire departments all over western Massachusetts. They have been training for more than a year for very specific rescues. There were multiple training sessions because class size is limited. About 25 firefighters were training on Thursday.

Funding for equipment and training was provided by the Department of Homeland Security. It was part of a program to standardize response. The procedures and tools are the same across the Commonwealth. Mark V. McCabe of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy said this will allow multiple firefighters to respond anywhere in the state and be able to work together.

In June, the teams were involved in high-angle technical rescues from a parking garage in Holyoke.

McCabe said the next step for the firefighters was to be trained in trench rescue, getting people to safety who have been buried.

If all goes well, the team was expected to complete their training and be ready to deploy by the beginning of 2014.

Copyright 2013 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Missing pilot's comrades aid in Virginia search

    Missing pilot's comrades aid in Virginia search

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:56:00 GMT
    Comrades of the missing pilot whose jet crashed in a rural area of western Virginia Wednesday morning traveled to the state to assist in the search Thursday.
    Comrades of the missing pilot whose jet crashed in a rural area of western Virginia Wednesday morning traveled to the state to assist in the search Thursday.
  • Puna lava flow once again progressing forward, doesn't pose immediate threat

    Puna lava flow once again progressing forward, doesn't pose immediate threat

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:27:22 GMT
    It was standing room only with the crowd overflowing outside of the Pahoa Community Center Thursday night as anxious residents gathered for a town hall meeting on the Pu'u O'o Crater flow that's moving down the east rift zone of Kilauea toward lower Puna. 
    It was standing room only with the crowd overflowing outside of the Pahoa Community Center Thursday night as anxious residents gathered for a town hall meeting on the Pu'u O'o Crater flow that's moving down the east rift zone of Kilauea toward lower Puna. 
  • Hadley police searching for suspect in credit card theft

    Hadley police searching for suspect in credit card theft

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:20:46 GMT
    Hadley police are asking for the public's help in locating a woman accused of stealing a purse and using the stolen credit card.  
    Hadley police are asking for the public's help in locating a woman accused of stealing a purse and using the stolen credit card.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.