Is Claustrophobia Foreign To You? Confined Space Rescue Services May Be Your Niche

If you have no problem in constricted spaces, hate the idea of spending your workday behind a desk or in a cubicle, and want to pursue a career that gives you the opportunity to help others on a daily basis, you may want to look into becoming a confined space rescue EMT or paramedic. These skilled professionals are able to go where few others are willing—just so they can locate and rescue others in need. Read on to learn more about the education and training requirements for these positions to help you determine whether this is the right career for you.

What Does a Confined Space Rescue Professional Do?

Many industries and job sites require their workers to enter confined spaces on a regular basis to perform some sort of work. Miners, underwater welders and construction workers, pipeline engineers, steel foundry workers, and even HVAC specialists all frequently spend their time in constricted spaces, often with low visibility. And because of the nature of these jobs (which often require working with hazardous or flammable materials), these workers occasionally become ill, incapacitated, or injured and require outside assistance to extricate themselves.

Confined space rescue workers are able to enter these spaces, assess the situation, and remove the injured or stuck worker so that further help can be provided. Without experienced professionals who are able to access these spaces without increasing the risk that they'll become stuck themselves, those who find themselves trapped in a constricted space may have few options.  

What Training or Education is Required?

Not all confined space rescue workers are certified as EMTs or paramedics, but many choose to seek one of these certifications so that they can provide medical assistance, if necessary, before attempting to extricate an injured person. This improves employment prospects and provides the worker with flexibility to accept a wide range of positions. In most cases, you can pursue this training with just a high school diploma, general equivalency diploma, or a two-year associate's degree.  

The certification process for EMTs and paramedics can vary by state. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets forth specific certification requirements for confined space rescue professionals that must be adhered to along with any state-specific EMT or paramedic training. By standardizing the confined space rescue training at a federal level, OSHA ensures that certified workers are reliably able to perform rescue operations without endangering themselves or others.  

To learn more, get in touch with a group like Elite Technical Services Group.