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By Kim Harris
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NCFPD firefighters train for rope rescues


Last updated 6/19/2020 at 1:37am

Village News/Mario Morales photo

Firefighting crews simulate hauling a rescuer and victim up a cliff utilizing a mechanical advantage and twin tension haul system, the Arizona Vortex, during a Thursday, June 11, Technical Rope Rescue training.

North County Fire Protection District firefighters made their way to a hilltop, Thursday, June 11, quickly assembling the department's new Arizona Vortex and preparing to lower firefighter Matt Anderson to perform a technical rope rescue of a victim located down the steep hillside.

To those observing, the scenario on private property on Monserate Place appeared to be very real that day, but in reality, it was actually a quarterly training on High Angle Rope Rescue, a high risk, low frequency skill that is perishable according to NCPD Capt. Joey Bradshaw.

"Training is essential not only to...

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