Basic Rigging For Rope Rescue
 
By Assistant Fire Chief Adam Grossman
August 12, 2017
 

For most of the day, Westwood rescue personnel spent their Saturday training in basic rigging for rope rescue training. This class offers the basic knowledge needed to perform a technical rescue using rope hauling systems.

Many areas of our district offer a potential hazard to people where they could injure theirselves and it may not be easy to rescue them, example in a car accident off an embankment along the Route 30 bypass or a remote location like the Brandywine Creek. Our members must train for these situations and carry the equipment to perform in these situations. Rescue 44 carries the basic equipment needed to access, stabilize and rescue a patient.

When the situations become difficult or complex, fire companies in Chester County will call for the Chester County Rescue Task Force made up of different fire companies throughout the county who specialize in these technical rescues.

Today's training included different scenarios of descending a slope, stabilizing and packaging a patient and setting up mechanical advantage rope hauling systems to rescue them from the hill. This training was conducted in conjunction with the Sadsburyville Fire Company.

 
 
 
 
Westwood Firefighters Crawford and Waldrop prepare to descend a hill with the stokes basket.
Westwood Firefighters Crawford and Waldrop prepare to descend a hill with the stokes basket.
 
 

Steve DiLuigi August 13, 2017 at 9:23 AM
Great class with great fire firefighters, and good day of training