High angle rescue is considered to be a terrain with a slope angle of 60 and higher. The steeper the ground, the more difficult the rescue becomes and in the case of a high angle rescue, Fire/Rescue personnel are totally dependent on ropes to gain access to a victim, to support the team members and the victim during a rescue, and remove them safely from the rescue site. Examples of high angle locations include pipe racks, ledges, catwalks, tops of vessels, cranes and water towers.
Members of Nassau County Fire Rescue's Special Hazard Operations Team (SHOT) recently completed High Angle Rescue Training. The forty hour course involved classroom work to learn more about the various facets of rope rescue such as lowering and raising victims, equipment limitation, and the application of mechanical advantages. Hands on training continued as the team members put their new knowledge to work in simulated victim rescues.
Congratulations to the SHOT members who successfully completed this training. We also wanted to extend our gratitude to Collin Campbell, Safety Manager for Rock Tenn for hosting the training, as well as members of the St. John's County Rescue Group for assisting with the training.
County Manager's Office