Mines Rescue Training Centre

Confined Space Emergency Response Team.

Members of HART Services, Technical Line Rescue Unit attend:-
A five day- two part training course with Mines Rescue Training Centre, Crossgates, Fife

Part 1: Safe Entry into Confined Spaces.

Part 2: Confined Spaces Emergency Response Team Training.

This course covered the following modules:

Part 1
Relevant legislation
Definition of a confined space – Potential hazards and precautions.
Risk assessment, safe systems of work and permit to work systems (company specific)
Gas detection and assessment of working conditions.
Confined Space safety equipment –Winches, Tri-pods, Life lines, Comms systems etc
Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) and escape apparatus (R.P.E).
The atmosphere and physiology of respiration.
Open Circuit compressed air breathing apparatus (types, use, limitations, servicing and storage).
Practical entry utilising all procedures and equipment covered during the course.


This additional 3 days covers confined space emergency response team members competencies’ and meets the requirements of CR 529:1993 (European Guidance for training with the use of respiratory protective devices). qualifying and equipping rescue operatives from rescues from confined spaces.

Part 2  includes the following modules:

Command and control procedures.

Full Duration Breathing Apprentice.

Medical & Resuscitation equipment.

Casualty search and recovery techniques.

Confined spaces rescue auxiliary equipment (rescue systems, tri-pod and winches, harnesses, life lines, and the Sked Stretcher with all rigging configurations).

Practical rescue exercises utilising a wide range of emergency equipment and rescue techniques in some challenging area, including tanks & vats at Pure Malt through in Edinburgh.

The above course includes both practical sessions and theory with the practical sessions being demanding requiring a high level of fitness and theory including a City & Guilds Assessment.

Many Thanks to Errol Parrish, Operations Manager and his team.

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