Theme park gives rescue trainers a challenge

It took less than 2 hours to complete first of 8 simulated rescues during 4-day 2012 Rescue Challenge

By Jeremy Slayton
Richmond Times Dispatch

DOSWELL — Petersburg  firefighter Kevin Roberts slowly rappelled down the roller coaster's support structure toward the mannequin hanging from a safety harness about 20 feet above the still pond.

Using a mechanical system, Roberts and other members of the Crater Regional Technical Rescue Team pulled the 185-pound dummy to safety.

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