© Star photo by Gary Kean
Members of the Corner Brook Fire Department practice their high-angle rope rescue skills at the station.
CORNER BROOK The Corner Brook Fire Department was over the top Wednesday morning as they practised their high-angle rope rescue skills.
The technique involving ropes and pulleys is used in a situation where emergency personnel have to be lowered from the roof of a building or over a cliff in order to reach someone in peril.
For a rehearsal of the real thing, the firefighters set up the apparatus they would use in such an emergency situation on top of the fire station in Corner Brook and lowered members over the edge to the parking lot below.
The department, which invited the media to observe and take part in the training session, plan to take the training outside the station in the coming days and weeks. They are planning a rescue scenario at the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper plant and will also do some training on the steep cliff face of the Corner Brook Stream gorge off Crocker’s Road.