Rope res­cues have a neg­a­tive im­pact

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Where is the ex­tra cost in rope res­cues? (Jan. 28)

I agree with most of Bill Sul­li­van’s com­ments as to the fact there is no ad­di­tional cost to fire depart­ment rope res­cue, since the men, equip­ment and train­ing is al­ready in place at the sta­tions. How­ever, he is miss­ing the ma­jor point.

I taught fire depart­ment rope res­cue for many years and fully re­al­ize that the cost can’t be mea­sured in dol­lars alone but rather in the de­ple­tion of men and equip­ment over a long pe­riod of time, that could be im­me­di­ately needed for an­other emer­gency.

Rope res­cues are not only dan­ger­ous and time con­sum­ing but also re­quire the ex­pen­di­ture of 12 to 16 fire fight­ers, usu­ally staffing four or more ve­hi­cles. All of this weak­ens the re­sponse of the en­tire fire depart­ment since their empty sta­tions and miss­ing fire ap­pa­ra­tus must be cov­ered by mov­ing fire fight­ers and ve­hi­cles from other sta­tions to fill the void. Cap­tain J. Hendry (Re­tired), Burling­ton

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