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Trench Rescue: Awareness, Operations, Technician, Second Edition

Author(s): Cecil "Buddy" V. Martinette Jr.
  • ISBN-13: 9780763742065
  • ISBN-10:0763742066
  • Paperback    318 pages      © 2008
Price: $110.95 US List
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Trench Rescue: Awareness, Operations, Technician, Second Edition is the most comprehensive textbook ever published on rescue operations in trench emergencies. Author C.V. “Buddy” Martinette, one of the fire service’s predominant experts on trench rescue, covers everything from basic concepts of risk benefit to practical procedures for technician-level trench protective systems. The Second Edition includes current information on trench tools and equipment, PPE, rescue system preparation, types of collapse, hazard control, and more. The text includes up-to-date coverage of:

  • NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, 2004 Edition, Chapter 11: Trench and Excavation
  • NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications, 2003 Edition, Chapter 11: Trench Rescue
  • OSHA CFR § 1926 Subpart P, Excavations

The Second Edition now helps students make more effective use of class time by providing printed PowerPoint slides directly within the text. The slides are accompanied with note spaces so students can easily follow the instructor lectures for each unit.

Click here to download a sample chapter from Trench Rescue: Awareness, Operations, Technician, Second Edition.

Features & Benefits

Learning Objectives— Identifies the key concepts that students should learn.

“Voices of Experience”— Provides students with expert advice from leading trench rescue authorities.

Skill Drills— Provide written, step-by-step explanations and visual summaries of important skills and procedures.

Tips Boxes— Call-outs to reiterate key points from the author.

“You are the Rescue Technician”— Case studies that stimulate discussion and capture students’ attention.

“Just the Dirt”— End-of-chapter questions and activities reinforce important concepts and evaluate students’ mastery of the subject matter.

Chapter 1: Considerations for Specialized Rescue Operations

Chapter 2: Trench Rescue Decision Making

Chapter 3: Preparing the Rescue System

Chapter 4: Introduction to Trench Rescue

Chapter 5: Trench Incident Management and Support Operations

Chapter 6: Soil Physics and Conditions Factors that Lead to Collapse

Chapter 7: Types of Trench Collapses           

Chapter 8: Soil Classification and Testing

Chapter 9: Equipment for Trench Rescue Operations

Chapter 10: Lifting, Moving, and Stabilization

Chapter 11: Trench Rescue Assessment

Chapter 12: Hazard Control & Atmospheric Monitoring

Chapter 13: Victim Access and Patient Care Considerations

Chapter 14: Protective Systems in Trench Operations

Chapter 15: Techniques for Trench Protection

Chapter 16: Rescue Team Leadership


Appendix 1: Definitions

Appendix 2: Chapter Questions, Answers, and Discussion

Appendix 3: Trench Rescue Standard Operating Procedure

Appendix 4: Chapter to NFPA Standard Index Table

Cecil "Buddy" V. Martinette Jr.

Cecil V. "Buddy" Martinette Jr. is a career fire and rescue professional whose work experiences range from firefighter to Chief to Assistant County Administrator.  He is currently the fire chief in Wilmington North Carolina.  Chief Martinette started his career as a volunteer firefighter in the Virginia Beach Fire Department where he spent twenty-five years leaving as a Battalion Chief and Chief Fire Marshall.  He has also been the Chief of the Lynchburg Fire and EMS Department in Lynchburg Virginia and Assistant County Administrator in Hanover County Virginia.     

Mr. Martinette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program where he received the 2003 Executive Leadership Outstanding Research Award.  Chief Martinette has received the designation of "Chief Fire Officer" by the Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation.

Previously Buddy was an Instructor III with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire Programs. He also served as a FEMA Incident Support Team Operations Officer and Task Force Leader for Virginia Task Force II, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue Program.  His Urban Search and Rescue experience includes the Colonial Heights Wal-Mart Collapse, deployments for hurricanes Floyd, Fran, Francis, Charlie, Ivan, Katrina, and Rita and also the Murrah Federal Building Bombing and 9-11 Pentagon collapse.

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  • Trench Rescue, Second Edition is fabulous. Not only did I find it full of facts but it was easy to read and understand. Usually books like this are hard to decipher and can get the reader confused and bored but not this one.
    The layout is great starting from the basics of what a trench rescue is and when it is to be performed all the way to the techniques of removing the victim. Each chapter builds on the next.

    Buddy did a great job of describing his experiences and those of the other officers in "Voices of Experience". Those of us with years of experience can truly relate to these adventures whether they went good or bad.”

    Rich Kosmoski, President
    New Jersey Volunteer Fire Chiefs


Trench Rescue DVD

ISBN-13: 9780763740092 ISBN-10: 0763740098

The Trench Rescue DVD contains real-life footage demonstrating the practical procedures discussed in the Trench Rescue textbook. The DVD, which covers both Operations- and Technician-level skills, shows students how to successfully perform each skill and offers helpful information, tips, and pointers.


Operational Field Guide

ISBN-13: 9781890306649 ISBN-10: 1890306649

Operational Field Guide serves as a quick reference tool to help rescue personnel make the right decisions while in the field.



Bundle ISBN: 9780763755652
The entire Trench Rescue, Second Edition program is now available in one convenient, affordable package. The Trench Rescue, Second Edition Library Package contains everything you need to offer an Awareness, Operations, or Technician-level Trench Rescue course, including: Trench Rescue: Awareness, Operations, Technician, Second Edition Operational Field Guide Instructor’s ToolKit CD-ROM Trench Rescue DVD