The Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad recently hosted a Structural Collapse class at the Rescue Squad headquarters on West Church Street.
The class was conducted by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, and taught by TARS Training Cordinator Rusty Williams.
Other Instructors assisting Williams were Johnny Tummins, Ronnie Goss, Johnathon Layman, and Kevin "Bucky" Ayers.
The purpose of the class was to teach trainees ways of stabilizing a structure so that entry can be made if someone is trapped inside as the result of any of a wide variety of circumstances.
The most common problem that rescuers run into in which this training is needed is when a vehicle involved in an accident runs into a structure, and the structure has to be stabilized before entry can be made to get to the patient.
The class began on a Friday with a PowerPoint presentation focusing on different shoring techniques, and safety procedures to be used.
Saturday and Sunday were spent outside in hands-on work to construct these shores.
On Sunday the students came to class to find a car inside the house with which they had been training.
The students were told that there was a patient inside the vehicle who had to be removed from the car -- but that they had to stabilize the house before they could make any contact with the patient.
It took approximately two hours for the trainees to stabilize the house before they were able to make contact with the person in the vehicle.
Students attending the class were from the Washington County Emergency Medical Services, the Wilson County EMA, the Sevier County Rescue Squad, and four members from the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad.
Last year the Greeneville Rescue Squad sent five members to the same type of class in Nashville.
This experience produces a good team of trained people to be able to respond in case a need arises where these shoring techniques are necessary, a local squad member said.