You may have seen us “hanging around” Fire Headquarters recently. Last month, many of our members took part in a week long rope operations training course at our central station. They refreshed and practiced valuable skills including knots, anchors, hauling & lowering systems, rappelling, ascending, litter tendering, and more. These skills are the foundation of many rescue functions outside of vertical rope rescue that the fire department may perform. Just a few examples include low-angle rescue (i.e. highway embankments), confined space rescue, and water rescues. As of July 1, 2019, Rescue 1 is staffed with dedicated personnel who have completed training in the many technical rescue disciplines to ensure an increased level of service is always available in our community.