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Longview firefighters complete high-angle rope rescue training

Longview firefighters complete high-angle rope rescue training
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 8:41am

Longview fire crews trained Wednesday on a 270-foot-tall cellular tower to gain certification for specialty rescues.

“This the National Fire Protection Association standards for high-angle rope rescue,” Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said.

About a dozen firefighters have reached the end of a two-week, 80-hour course that will qualify them to do similar work in the field if needed.

“This is towards the end of the program. They will have a written exam, scenarios, a lot of practice to get to the scenarios and a practical,” Zackary said.

Longview fire crews played out a scenario of a fatigued tower worker needing to be saved. The training took place near Alpine Church of Christ, visible from the bustling intersection of Loop 281 and Eastman Road. 


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