About 13 of Fernie’s auxiliary firefighters took part in rope rescue training exercises in Fernie on Wednesday afternoon.
The crew learned about basic knots and hitches and also how to make the rigging needed for a rescue. They then took part in mock rescues near Alpine Trails.
“The firefighters were practising pulling basket stretchers over embankments,” said Fire Chief Shawn Ivany. “This is actually used a lot in road accidents when a car leaves the road and goes down an embankment and the passengers need to be rescued.”