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Published on Jun 12, 2011
During Week 12 of the Academy, the Trainees went through LARRO, or Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations. This is a California State Fire Marshal certified course which requires strict adherence to skills testing and documentation. The Trainees were instructed and tested on rescue rope specifications, knots, harnesses, rescue baskets, load ratings, and complex rope rescue systems used to lower Firefighters to victims and raise them as a group back to safety. The Trainees practiced on flat ground before moving to an angled slope on the training tower. On flat ground, they gained confidence in securing one another into a Stokes basket. This practice also gave the Trainees an understanding of what a victim experiences when strapped helplessly into a basket, placing 100% trust in the hands of the rescuers trying to save them. It is a vulnerable feeling to say the least.