Cliff res­cue vi­tal to emer­gency train­ing

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

State Emer­gency Ser­vice units were put through their paces in mock res­cues at The Gap at the week­end.

SES dis­trict of­fi­cer Gary Lo­gan said the units trained in ver­ti­cal res­cues, sim­u­lat­ing re­cov­er­ing a ca­su­alty from the bot­tom of the cliff line. “The ab­seil­ing is a huge part of the train­ing and be­ing able to suc­cess­fully tie the ropes and climb down the cliff face and also as­cend back up is so im­por­tant,” he said.

“I think on av­er­age, we have a cou­ple of cliff or coast­line res­cues per year — so this train­ing is re­ally im­por­tant.”

Pic­ture: Kate Rus­sell

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