First Responders Rappel Off Norris Viaduct

By: Joy Greenwald Email
By: Joy Greenwald Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Area first responders are taking what they've learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world.

As part of a 100 hour technical rescue course, responders from Cheyenne Fire, Fire District 2 and the Air National Guard spent Thursday morning practicing rappelling rescues off the Norris Viaduct.

Jonathan Bertsch, Technical Rescue Coordinator for Cheyenne Fire and the Region 7 Response Team, says the training covers a multitude of scenarios from terrorist attacks to tornado and flood damage.

"We're going to spend two weeks covering a vast amount of skills in order to prepare responders for the worst case scenario and gain accreditation and certification in order to protect the communities better," said Bertsch.

Crews will be conducting another off-site scenario Friday at the Aztec Construction site off Fox Farm Road.

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