Cherokee County Firefighters were learning the ropes this week as they went through a refresher course on ropes at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center.
During the morning, firefighters were in the classroom getting a refresher course on the different types of knotts, ropes and the hardware that is used during an emergency situation. Later, firefighters were taken outside to use their knowledge in rope rescue scenarios. According to Sgt. Corey Deal, one of the lead instructors, “We’ve been doing a back to the basics class or rope rescue. We are putting the firefighters in a scenario involving a low angle slope evacuation. So, if you have a car that has gone over an embankment and the victims can’t help themselves up the hill, we can use ropes to go down and bring them back up to the top.”
Knowledge about ropes and knots and the effective use of them is an elemental skill for the fire service. From bailouts to hoisting operations, high and low angle rescues, to search and rescue operations, ropes and webbing are a part of every firefighter’s toolkit.