For the past couple weeks, on-duty Portland Fire & Rescue Station 1 firefighters have been participating in a rope rescue training exercise in downtown Portland at the Keller Fountain.
These firefighters are members of an elite Technical Rescue Team at Portland Fire & Rescue, trained in the use of ropes and other rigging gear to use in vertical and horizontal rescue scenarios.
The purpose of this exercise was for firefighters to deploy and operate a horizontal “High Line System.” High line systems horizontally span the distance between two elevated points, or from an elevated point to the ground. The system ensures firefighters with a safe and effective patient retrieval and transport between the various elevations.
"This type of training is very crucial to our knowledge and our skills," said Captain Dan at Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 1. "Firefighters are able to practice using complex equipment and skills in various situations.” Captain Dan also notes that safety is always the most important part of any kind of training, especially with ropes.
Portland Fire & Rescue
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July 25, 2011