Firefighters train in rappelling, learn the ropes

The rookies were tasked with performing eight rappels at varying heights in order to gain certification


The Post Register

SALMON, Idaho — Clad in fire-resistant clothing, men and women dangled from 40-foot towers at the Salmon-Challis National Forest air base this month — learning the ropes of rappelling.

The highly specialized firefighter training south of Salmon drew 82 novices and dozens of instructors and support staff from across the U.S. Its goal is to produce firefighting teams that excel at initial attacks onwildfires in remote, rugged terrain.

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