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Fire Chief Chris Kaufmann

Rope Rescue Scenario

At approximately 10am on Friday, July 25, 2014, St. Tammany Fire District #1 received a call of an injured worker trapped on an elevated roof.  Witnesses reported seeing the worker fall from the roof of a five story building and he is now lying motionless on the roof of the second floor.

Responding units are Rescue 11, Ladder 11, and Ladder 17.

Assignments are as follows:

Incident Commander/Ground Safety – Captain Ronnie Brennan Roof Safety – Captain Jack Ohlenforst

Victim – Fire Prevention Officer Robby Marquette Rescuers – Firefighters Dean Marullo and Vhaly Murry

Rigging – Fire Operators Will Moore & Chris Hewitt and Firefighter Bradley Baughman Ladder 17 Operations/Safety Line – Fire Operator Tony Crocker and Captain Roy Smith Coworker of the Injured Worker – Fire Operator Glen Morris

Rescue Coordinator/Narrator – Captain Eric Abney

Rope Rescue Program Facts Sheet

  • The rope rescue program started in 1995
  • Captain Eric Abney is the Special Operations/Rescue Coordinator
  • We currently have 68 personnel trained in rope rescue operations
  • The rope rescue equipment is currently based out of Stations 11 & 17
  • Rescue 11 and Ladder 17 respond to all emergencies where the equipment is needed
  • There is approximately $45,000 in rope rescue equipment on Rescue 11 and $22,000 on Ladder 17
  • Rope rescue techniques are used in many situations involving high angle rescues, swift water rescues and confined space rescues
  • We have responded to a handful of incidents in the last several years where the rope rescue equipment was utilized

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Chad Duffaut

Chief of Fire Prevention/PIO Cell:  (985) 960-0976

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