Technical Rescue

High-Rise Rope Rescues,Indianapolis, Indiana

Issue 10 and Volume 161.

By David Owens Everyone associated with technical rescue knows that technical rescue incidents are low-frequency/high-risk events. Most teams train for months, if not years, before they are called to an incident. For the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department (IFD) rope rescue teams, all of that knowledge, training, and perseverance over the years was put to the test on the outside of a downtown high-rise. THE INCIDENT On August 14, 2008, at 1244 hours, the IFD sent a rope rescue task force and box alarm assignment that consisted of Tactical 7, Tactical 14, Squad 7, Squad 14, Squad 13, Ladder 13, Engine 13, Engine 11, Engine 5, and Battalion 13 to the 31-story M & I Bank Building at 135 North Pennsylvania Street for a report of a scaffolding collapse. Initial reports indicated that three workers were hanging on a broken scaffolding unit and that one had fallen to the ground. It…

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