VIDEO: It may look like a lot of work, but several firefighters with Orange County Fire Rescue said it takes a couple of steps when it comes to using ropes during a high-angle rescue call. On Thursday, Orange County Fire Rescue held a special operations training at the Orange County Convention Center to learn how to use a new rope that allows them to make knots faster and easier during an emergency. "We had larger diameter rope, which was heavier and harder to tie knots, so we are going to a smaller rope it's just as strong as the older ropes, so it just makes it easier. It's lighter to carry," said Lt. Ralph Astarita with OCFR Special Operations. Astarita said they have a total of 330 rope techs within the fire department but only 69 are climbers.