SOUTHINGTON — Firefighters participated in high-elevation rescue training this week at Mount Southington.
Members of the Southington Fire Department were at Mount Southington on Tuesday for the training, which included using ropes and other equipment. .
“It’s part of our training because we are an all hazards fire department,” said Firefighter Chris Fusco, who has been with the department 10 years. “No matter what the call, for the most part, we will be able to help out and get the job done.”
Battalion Chief Glenn Dube said the department uses ropes in rescue situations at least once a month, typically for situations where cars are down embankments or injured hikers on Ragged Mountain. Ropes were used in the recent rescue of a driver that crashed through a wooden sound barrier on Interstate 84, he added.
Fusco said early in his career he and another firefighter had to rescue a hiker who had fallen about 30 feet to a ledge on Ragged Mountain.
“It’s a perishable skill,” Dube said. “If we’re not proactive we’re not going to be proficient.”
The department does a rope rescue drill once a month at the station, Dube said.
The training on Tuesday was provided by the Connecticut Fire Academy, Dube said.