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Missoula Firefighters Practice Trench Rescue

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MISSOULA - Construction season is underway in Montana, and Missoula firefighters want to remind the public to exercise caution when working around trenches.

On Thursday, firefighters worked through a drill, practicing rescuing a person from a trench.

Firefighters said trenches five feet deep or greater require a protective system to keep them from collapsing while crews work.

They said OSHA also requires ladders, steps, ramps or other safe exit for workers.

Justin Walsh, of the Missoula Fire Dept., said, "We are geared up for pretty much anything, and this is something that doesn't happen very often luckily, but when it does, we want to be ready for that so that we can provide the best service we can."

Missoula firefighters also practice ice rescue and river rescue drills throughout the year.
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