Manchester VT Fire Department Retrains for Technical Rope Rescue

Robert Riversong, through his training program called aVERT – a Vertical Emergency Response Training – completed a full weekend of low- and steep-angle rope rescue training for the Manchester Fire Department April 29 through May 1, 2011. The Friday evening through Sunday afternoon training went from basic ropes and knots, through anchors, angles and edges, rappels, belays and mechanical advantage systems, to scene safety and on-scene communications.

This training was a follow-up to a weekend-long training for the Manchester Rescue Squad and Fire Department in 2003, which included rappeling and vertical litter raising for quarry rescue.

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2003 Quarry Rescue Training

The 2011 training included firefighter emergency escape from the department’s training tower, as well as use of the tower/ladder truck for vertical litter raising. The department wants to be a regional resource for technical rescue and plans annual refresher classes.

Robert Riversong of Warren VT is available for custom trainings for fire departments, rescue squads, wilderness search & rescue teams and industrial rescue. He can be reached at aVERT (at) Ponds-Edge (dot) net.

Tower Anchor Sling for Litter Raising

Tower Anchor Sling for Litter Raising

Litter Raising with Attendant on Ladder Tower

Litter Raising with Attendant & Control Line on Ladder Tower

Steep Angle Raising with High Directional

Steep Angle Litter Raising with High Directional

Straight Ladder Gin Pole for High Directional

Straight Ladder Gin Pole for High Directional

Emergency Bailout with Crosby & Fesh Hook Systems

Emergency Bailout with Cosby & FESH Hook Systems

2012 Followup training included rappeling and cliff face litter raising.

Rappel

Rappel

Rappel Lock-Off

Rappel Lock-Off

Litter Lower with Attendand

Litter Lower with Attendant

Litter Raise with Patient

Litter Raise with Patient, Litter Attendant & Edge Monitor

Challenging Roof at Cliff Top

Challenging Roof at Cliff Top

by Robert Riversong: may be reproduced with attribution for non-commercial purposes