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Fairmont Fire Trains for Rope Rescues
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on June 13, 2014 @ 6:56PM
Created on June 13, 2014 @ 6:29PM

Fairmont firefighters have spent all this week learning new techniques for doing rescues using rope.

Firefighters need to know 24 different knots that could be used in a rescue mission. On Friday they learned several different knots, how to make pulleys, and how to use the ropes to pull people to safety. Next week they will they will learn to make tightropes that could be used over rivers or between buildings to do a rescue. Firefighters can also use some of these advanced techniques if they ever need to rescue someone that is stuck over a cliff or a steep hill. These types of rescues are done completely with man power and the rope.

"That's why we build different types of systems. Everything is manually hauled. We normally do not ever try to use trucks or winches or anything of that type," said Captain Dave Whiteman.

Firefighters said these kinds of rescues aren't that common  within the city limits, but it's best to be prepared.


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