Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Elmira FD Training

Written By: Joe Melillo

If you were driving past the Elmira parking garage you might have noticed some firefighters hanging off the side.

Elmira FD Repelling Training
 

August 21, 2012

Elmira (WENY) - If you were driving past the Elmira parking garage you might have noticed some firefighters hanging off the side. The Elmira Fire Department is training to rescue people from high altitude situations. The four day rope repelling training course is sponsored by the state office of fire prevention. Twenty fire fighters practiced what's called a high angle pick off. Deputy Fire Chief James Marks says he's excited about the training because there is nothing like this in the area.

“What this entails is actually going down off the side of a building or a structure or a cliff and actually hooking into someone and saving them and actually doing a high angle pick off is what it is, and that's what this training is,” says Marks.

Training will continue for the next few days. Firefighters will use their training throughout Chemung County.