By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Wrightwood)-– On a snowy hillside in Wrightwood the firefighters from Station 14 set up their new Amkus Rope Rescue System and performed a rescue demonstration for the crowd gathered there.
The equipment – the Amkus Rope Rescue System (a mechanical hauling device) and the Arizona Vortex Multi-Pod (a rescue tri-pod) – is used for over-the-side rescues where a vehicle or person has fallen off the side of the road. This equipment deploys quickly and can be used in a variety of rope rescue situations involving steep terrain. The use of these two pieces of equipment together makes technical rescue safer and more manpower efficient.
Steve Turner, an engineer paramedic at the Wrightwood fire station said, “We’re very excited about this new equipment. This will make our lives much easier.”
The demonstration showcased the tools and practice necessary to perform steep rescues on roadways like Route 2 in the community of Wrightwood. Approximately $12,000 in funds for the equipment was donated by the businesses and community organizations of Wrightwood, including theWrightwood Fire Safe Council, Timberline Lions’ Club, Wrightwood Property Owners Association, Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Services District, Pine Needles Quilters, Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce, and Golden State Water Company.