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36th Wing Safety holds confined spaces training

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  • By Airman 1st Class Julian North
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
You're doing your job, everything seems to be going fine, until suddenly you can't breathe and you can't escape. For most of us in the Air Force this scenario is highly unlikely, however, for Airmen in certain career fields it is a ever-present concern.

Thanks to Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Oyer, 36th Wing Safety, a good number of these airmen are better prepared to handle such situations. On Feb. 23 wing safety held confined space training as part of yearly requirement at the 9100 series. The 36th Communication Squadron, 36th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 554th Red Horse Squadron all participated in the training.

The confined space training consisted of practicing self-rescue and non-entry rescue techniques. It also trained the participants to pay attention to their "atmospheric readings" by evaluating whether the area they enter is oxygen enriched, oxygen deficient or toxic. All of these readings are crucial and can help prevent work-site fatalities.

When asked whether he felt the participants were better prepared or not sergeant Oyer responded, "Definitely. They know exactly what they are getting into. They know the signs and symptoms of harmful exposure; maintaining lines of communication and not being distracted. [This] will let you know if something is right or wrong and how to react in either case."

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