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Trench Rescue Technician – NFPA 1006

Southwest Fire Academy's Trench Rescue training, based on the NFPA 1006 Standard (Chapter 12, 2021)
$1,395.00 5 days (40 hours)
SFA program - Trench Rescue Technician – NFPA 1006


Southwest Fire Academy is proud to partner with Mike Tesarski of Special Operations Consulting Canada to provide candidates with a unique opportunity to become trained and qualified to NFPA 1006 (2021) Trench Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician Levels (Chapter 12).  This 5-day course – hosted at the SFA campus – exceeds the requirements outlined in NFPA 1006(21) and NFPA 2500(21).  Successful students will receive a certificate of qualification and completed Job Performance Requirements. 

This course includes:

  • Access to SFA PPE
  • Pre-Course Learning
  • Instructor Led Theory
  • Instructor Led Practical Skills

Candidates will experience training sessions and run scenarios based on actual calls that our instructors have experienced. This course is available to current fire service personnel only. All training is conducted safely in accordance with Section 21 Guidance Notes, NFPA Standards for Increased Hazard Exposure Training, and experienced Southwest Fire Academy instructors with a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. There will also be an Independent Safety Officer. Not only will this ensure a safe training experience, but it also allows us to have students working through stations, to ensure that time is spend hands-on, rather than watching others learn and perform.


Must currently be a municipal firefighter

Program Components

Classroom Portion to build Critical Thinking Skills (Daily):

  • Shoring strategies and tactics
  • Collapse patterns and types
  • Soil mechanics
  • Calculating soil forces
  • Rescue specific tabulated data
  • Best practices for trench rescue shoring
  • Victim release from entrapment and medical considerations
  • Case studies

Hands-On Course Content (Live Trench Only):

  • Shoring collapsed trenches
  • Technician Shoring Team duties
  • Technician Panel Team duties
  • Technician Entry Team duties
  • Team leader decision making
  • Technician level shoring operations
  • Intersecting trench shoring
  • Deep trench operations (15-20 feet)
  • Replacement shoring
  • Supplemental shoring
  • Cross shoring the “repair” hole
  • End Wall shoring
  • Spreader struts
  • Proper use of “variable” strut pressures
  • Risk/ benefit and Factors of Safety
  • Inside walers
  • Outside walers
  • LVL walers
  • Cantilever walers
  • Use of Isolation Devices
  • Use of hand held penetrometers
  • Rigging and use of trench boxes
  • Stabilizing and lifting
  • Coordinated use of heavy equipment and equipment operators
  • Equipment inventory and restoration


Candidates successful in this program will receive a certificate of completion from Southwest Fire Academy. The OFMEM does not currently administer testing for this course; however, when it is available, students with a certificate of completion will qualify for the testing. Any OFMEM testing must be registered for separately, as this is not included in the SFA course. 

What is Included

  • Access to SFA PPE and equipment
  • SFA custom student manual
  • Complete JPR package (SFA retains all original documentation)
  • Certificate of qualification

What to Bring

  • CSA approved footwear
  • Helmet
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Coveralls


This course is led by Mike Tesarski of Special Operations Consulting Canada.

Additional Information

Please note: if this course is not filled to 75% capacity 7 days before it is scheduled to begin, it may be cancelled. In the event of course cancellation, you will be provided adequate notice and a full refund.  

Accommodations may be available upon request for the duration of your program. If you are staying for one or two nights, the flat rate for accommodations is $50 plus taxes. If you are staying for three or more nights, the fee is $100 plus taxes, total. Regardless of how long you are on campus, your fee will not exceed $100 plus taxes. This fee grants you access to your bunk, a communal kitchen, parking, and washroom/shower facilities. Please contact SFA at 705-510-9501 or with advanced notice, to reserve your spot. 

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