Selkirk firefighters take rescue training to new heights

  • Source: Bonner County Daily Bee
  • Published: 07/03/2022 01:11 AM

You never know where you are going to see Selkirk Fire crews training. It might be off the side of a bridge or over a cliff. In mid-June, their training had them perched atop several of the majestic trees at Farmin Park. It's all part of a continuous effort by the fire department to train for situations they hope never happen, but for which they want to be prepared in case they do. The most recent training was inspired by a situation a few years ago in which an arborist was injured at the top of a tree and unable to make his way down. "He was all the way at the top of the tree, and was injured and couldn't get back down," Glen Cassidy, Selkirk captain and EMT, said. "Getting to him wasn't too bad, but trying to figure out how to get him down, [that was] a challenge because there's nothing above him for us to set anchors … so that we could get him into a rope system and lower him to the ground."


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