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The Suburbanite
  • Green Fire Department participates in rope training

  • As part of its ongoing, monthly technical rescue training, members of the Summit County Technical Rescue and The Ohio Region 5 USAR (urban search and rescue) teams took on what can be one of the most challenging of all rescue situations last week.

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  • As part of its ongoing, monthly technical rescue training, members of the Summit County Technical Rescue and The Ohio Region 5 USAR (urban search and rescue) teams took on what can be one of the most challenging of all rescue situations last week.
    “It uses six ropes, and we set up over a ravine. If there is no other way to get a person out — we use it as a last resort,” Green Fire Capt. Doug Cincurak said of the rope rescue system known as a high-line. “We use the lines across the ravine to suspend and lower a rescuer and a stretcher to the victim, then we use the other lines to pull them over and up to the static lines.”
    The use of system pulley devices allow both victim and rescuer to be pulled out of the ravine with less effort and less movement to the patient, Cincurak said.
    The training was conduced in six-hour sessions Aug. 13 through 15. Cincurak served as lead instructor during the training.
    Throughout the country, USAR teams train for rescues germane to their location.
    “For example, we train for tornadoes — we just had ‘wide area search training’ the first week in August,” Cincurak said. “But in places like Florida, they train more for hurricanes and the massive flooding that comes with that.”
    Ravine rescue is not uncommon in Ohio’s 13-county, Region 5 which is made up of members from departments in Summit, Stark, Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbia, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Medina, Wayne, Holmes, Ashland and Richland counties.
    “SAR includes several types of rescue — rope, confined space, trench and structural collapse, as well as different types of water rescue. We train monthly on one of these type rescues,” Cincurak said. “In this region, there are a number of areas with vertical rock faces — in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, up in Hinckley and Macedonia.” Special certification trainings are also held when grant monies become available.
    “Any one of our firefighters in the Green Fire Department are trained and can respond to a  technical rescue situation (such as) structural collapse, trench rescue, rope rescue, confined space,” Cincurak said. “The (USAR team) comes in when things get more technical.”
    Along with Cincuark, USAR Region 5 members from the Green Fire Department who participated in the high-line training included firemedics Matt Craddock, Jason Marzilli, Justin Pratt, Rob Messner, MikePratt and Jason Wells.
    “We would like to do high-line training more often, but we will probably do it again in about 18 months,” Cincurak said, adding that the team will next participate in trench rescue training Sept. 11 through 13.