Firefighters, First Responders Complete High Elevation Rescue Course

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Clarke County, Miss. Local volunteer firefighters and first responders have successfully completed a course in high elevation rescues.

This course is the first of its kind in Clarke County. The State Fire Academy provided instructors for the 40 hour course. The 10 participants learned mechanical advantages of coming to the rescue of people trapped above the ground.

"You know, we've got a bunch of hunting in our community and certainly that's a possibility," Clarke County EMA Director Eddie Ivy says. "So, we're trying to make the training as realistic as possible. The instructors have been really great about trying to fit what is the local hazard versus teaching a textbook course."

Ivy says the county received grant money about six months ago for ropes and other equipment. The course taught the participants to use that equipment effectively.