Rope Rescue with the Mass Fire Academy at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA

2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-00496112015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-0049611Poet's Seat Tower is a 1912 sandstone observation tower, located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It was so named to honor a long tradition of poets being drawn to the spot. Poet's Seat Tower is a 1912 sandstone observation tower, located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It was so named to honor a long tradition of poets being drawn to the spot. On a cool and overcast late-autumn day, with rain showers persisting, instructors from the Massachusetts Fire Academy (MFA) used the tower and the steep cliff terrain around it to run firefighters from Greenfield FD and others from around the Commonwealth through the Rope Rescue: Operational Level course. This 4-day program started with lecture and demonstration, working up to  participant exercises and gave students considerable time on rope, providing the confidence and skills needed to handle rope rescues and slope evacuations. 

2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-00351122015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-0035112Firefighters trained in advanced anchoring, mechanical advantage, knot passing, lowering and hauling, line transfers, slope evacuations, patient packaging and litter management. 2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-00292015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-0029High angle rescue is built on putting together a series of basic skills into progressively complex systems. Here firefighters practice maneuvering a stokes basket up a vertical surface before going over a cliff at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, Massachusetts. 2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-25332015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-2533MFA instructors reviewed both awareness and operational level skills addressed in NFPA 1670. Topic areas included rope, knots, harnesses, hardware, basic anchoring methods, belay systems, mechanical advantage, ascending/descending techniques, and pickoffs as addressed in NFPA 1006.

Firefighters also trained in advanced anchoring, mechanical advantage, knot passing, lowering and hauling, line transfers, slope evacuations, patient packaging and litter management.

2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-24792015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-2479High angle rescue is built on putting together a series of basic skills into progressively complex systems. Here firefighters practice maneuvering a stokes basket up a vertical surface before going over a cliff at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, Massachusetts. 2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-25732015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-2573High angle rescue is built on putting together a series of basic skills into progressively complex systems. Here firefighters practice maneuvering a stokes basket up a vertical surface before going over a cliff at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, Massachusetts. 2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-00952015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-0095High angle rescue is built on putting together a series of basic skills into progressively complex systems. Here firefighters practice maneuvering a stokes basket up a vertical surface before going over a cliff at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, Massachusetts. MFA instructors reviewed both awareness and operational level skills addressed in NFPA 1670. Topic areas included rope, knots, harnesses, hardware, basic anchoring methods, belay systems, mechanical advantage, ascending/descending techniques, and pickoffs as addressed in NFPA 1006. 

2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-25562015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-2556Firefighters at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA, raising a rescuer from a near-vertical face. 2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-24682015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue-2468Firefighters put these skills together into complex systems and build artificial high directional anchors and high line systems used in the transport of victims from high elevation to safe areas. 2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-00822015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-0082Firefighters practice maneuvering a stokes basket up a vertical surface before going over a cliff at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Ultimately, firefighters put these skills together into complex systems and build artificial high directional anchors and high line systems used in the transport of victims from high elevation to safe areas. 

2015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-00862015-10-21 Greenfield High Angle Rescue - web-0086Firefighters use NFPA Class II rescue harnesses as well as a rescue type helmet, work boots and leather gloves while training at Poet’s Seat Tower. Firefighters use NFPA Class II rescue harnesses as well as a rescue type helmet, work boots and leather gloves while training at Poet’s Seat Tower. 

Tower Climb with drone flyover Tower Climb

High angle rescue is built on putting together a series of basic skills into progressively complex systems. Here, firefighters practice maneuvering a stokes basket up a vertical surface before going over a cliff at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Over the Edge at Poet's Seat Tower with drone footageHigh angle rescue is built on a series of systems all designed to raise and lower a rescuer assisting a victim. This sequence shows firefighters at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA, raising a rescuer from a near-vertical face. The team managing the haul system are using a mechanical advantage system to reduce the workload and increase the overall capacity. This method takes quite a bit of time to set up and attention to detail is paramount. Over the Edge

High angle rescue is built on a series of systems all designed to raise and lower a rescuer assisting a victim. This sequence shows firefighters at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA, raising a rescuer from a near-vertical face. The team managing the haul system are using a mechanical advantage system to reduce the workload and increase the overall capacity. This method takes quite a bit of time to set up and attention to detail is paramount.

Greenfield High Angle Rescue - Stokes Time LapseTime lapse movie
Properly lashing a patient into a Stokes Basket for evacuation is a basic skill utilized in high angle rescue. Here, a team at Poet’s Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA practice using approximately 40 feet of nylon webbing, starting at the patient’s feet by tying a Girth Hitch around the top rail and proceed up the outside of both feet, wrapping the webbing around the rail and down and underneath the feet. The package is then put to the test when the team inverts the patient to assure that all webbing is secure and the patient is good to go.
Stokes Basket Time Lapse

Properly lashing a patient into a Stokes Basket for evacuation is a basic skill utilized in high angle rescue. Here, watch a team at Poet’s Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA practice using approximately 40 feet of nylon webbing, starting at the patient’s feet by tying a Girth Hitch around the top rail and proceed up the outside of both feet, wrapping the webbing around the rail and down and underneath the feet. The package is then put to the test when the team inverts the patient to assure that all webbing is secure and the patient is good to go. 

Overall, it was an excellent few days of training in Greenfield with the Massachusetts Fire Academy Instructors, Greenfield FD and other departments from around the region at Poet's Seat Tower. 


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