Friday, 19 January 2018

Vertical Rescue

The team headed off to the training tower at Poole Fire Station last night to run through some vertical rope rescue.

Most of our rope rescues involve going over a cliff but there may be times when we need to access a casualty directly from above - such as in rock armour or a blow hole.
This calls for a slightly different technique and the fire station offers a perfect set up with room at the top for observers to see what's going on.

Whilst our rope rescue technicians all took turns at being lowered and operating both main and safety lines, the operators all got to grips with a different 'evac' stretcher used in this type of recovery. Our faithful casualty dummy Ruth Lee was strapped in for a rescue.

Thanks to Poole CG for the loan of the stretcher and of course to our friends at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue for the use of the tower.

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