Rope rescues have a negative impact
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