Training took place on a permanently installed crane in the metal yard of Action Steel, a local business. The team trained for the rescue of a person from, on, or within a crane structure.
The rescue could be anyone from a crane operator with a medical emergency or an unauthorized thrill-seeker. The construction industry in Penticton has been very busy in recent years which has sparked an increase in crane sites around the city.
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During the training, rescue scenarios are performed on a number of areas on the crane.
“We train on the jib, the outside of the mast and within the climber’s frame so that we can be ready for different types of incidents,” said Jay Johnson, high angle team member.
The high angle rescue members go over brake shutoffs and general parts and pieces of the tower crane.
“It’s part of our job to be familiar with the different types of cranes within our response jurisdiction,” said Johnson.
There are 12 Penticton firefighters on the high angle rescue team.