Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Alpharetta firefighters are training how to use a personal rescue system that lets them use any window frame to escape from a hostile situation.
Firefighters in Alpharetta won't need to wait for other personnel to put a ladder up to a window for them to escape an out of control fire anymore. Now they have a simple rescue system that lets them use any window frame to get out of a dangerous situation. Earlier today a group of firefighters were being trained as trainers so that all 150 active members of the department can learn to use the tool. Alpharetta is the first fire department in Georgia to use the Sterling F-4 Personal Rescue System by East Coast Rescue Solutions. The city spent $50,000 for 150 of the personal rescue systems, and for training by East Coast personnel. Each unit is a two-part integrated system designed to save firefighters lives. A firefighter uses a hook to …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Francesca Mowry is in her first year with the Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board, and already has worked on one wilderness rescue.
When Francesca Mowry of Alpharetta headed into the woods for wilderness rescue training, she had no idea her college group would soon be using skills they just learned to help save a life. Mowry and other members of Gettysburg College's Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board (GRAB) helped rescue a woman who fell 80 feet off a cliff at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky on March 15, according to a story by Teri Myers of the college's Office of Communications and Marketing. Mowry said in an interview with Patch that the GRAB members had just completed a rope training course with a rescue volunteer in Kentucky. The GRAB students, who are trained as wilderness first responders, spent their spring break at the Gorge, participating in an intensive…
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The Alpharetta Public Safety Department's K-9 units, SWAT team and firefighter rescue teams showed off their skills at the Equestrian Center.
Neighbors who didn't know about National Night Out might have thought a major incident took place at Wills Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2, but it was all a series of demonstrations by Alpharetta's Public Safety Department. The SWAT unit "attacked" a house, K-9 units sniffed out drugs and captured suspects, and the firefighters "rescued" a victim from the roof of the equestrian center. Some of the sponsors of the event included Merrill Lynch at North Point, which donated $2,000 through the Alphatetta Public Safety Foundation; Chick-fil-A North Point, which donated chicken sandwiches; Costco, donating buns and water; Target, donating food; My Party Rentals, providing a "bounce house"; and Dairy Queen, donating ice cream.