Technical rescues require serious training

In this era of reduced budgets, not all fire departments can keep up with the specialized training and equipment required to safely provide technical rescue services


Rope rescues definitely fall into the category of "low-frequency, high-risk" events.

Despite their infrequent occurrence compared to other emergency incident types, this story demonstrates the value of proper training and equipment to address the unique challenges of working suspended in the air, whether above- or below-ground level.

In this era of reduced budgets, not all fire departments can keep up with the specialized training and equipment required to safely provide technical rescue services, including rope rescue.

It's important to keep within your scope of training and expertise; trying to "wing it" can only result in becoming part of the problem, with the potential for injuring firefighters and civilians alike.

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel — FireRescue1's editorial advisor — is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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