High-Angle Operations Training For Valdosta Fire Department

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
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By: Winnie Wright
November 21, 2013

Valdosta, GA - People in and out of the Valdosta Regional Airport got an interesting show on Thursday. Typically you don't want to see firefighters when you're at the airport, but today, it was actually a good thing.

"Today was a highline rescue training. A highline is a type of rope rescue or high angle rescue where we need to move a patient from point A to point B across a canyon or a river or a large debris field. Without something simple like a helicopter or a boat or who knows", says Captain Ken Gallagher, of Valdosta Fire Department.

Gallagher says it is rare that you would need this type of equiptment, but his team is proud to exceed the number of training hours required by the state.

"The nice thing here is we had an opportunity and a spot to come and do this type of training. This is something that's incredibly hard to simulate. And we actually have a real space, and we had some complications out here with flat soil and anchor points. We had to introduce a lot of new elements for the team, they hadn't seen in practice, only in training, only in a manual."

He says the best part of this scenario is that there are actual consequences if they fail.

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