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Area Fire & Rescue Squads Practice Mountain Rescues : 7.9.09

[ 2 ] July 9, 2009 |
Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2009 nelsoncountylife.com : Area rescue teams practice mountain rescue and recovery just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2009 nelsoncountylife.com : Area rescue teams practice mountain rescue and recovery just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nelson County, Virginia

Thankfully it was only a practice run, but it was practice that often gets put to use. Thanks to our Paul Purpura for grabbing these photos!

Several area rescue squads along with Wintergreen F&R and The Virginia State Police practiced their techniques earlier this week at 20 Minute Cliffs and Raven’s Roost. “It’s a joint effort training with the state police search & rescue and dive recovery team, along with the park services. Working with these guys is helping us be more proficient in case a real rescue was to happen. It also generally strengthens our skills as well,” says Jared McNeal with Wintergreen Fire & Rescue.

Area rescue squad members prepare to repel the rock faces along the BRP.

Area rescue squad members prepare to repel the rock faces along the BRP.

A team member moves down the face of a mountain along the BRP.

A team member moves down the face of a mountain along the BRP.

Robin Root an instructor with PHI Air Medical out of Weyer's Cave gears up.

Robin Root an instructor with PHI Air Medical out of Weyer's Cave gears up.

Team members learn about proper techniques before scaling the rock faces.

Team members learn about proper techniques before scaling the rock faces.

A member with Wintergreen Fire & Rescue preps for training.

A member with Wintergreen Fire & Rescue preps for training.

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  1. JoAnn Bryson says:

    I am a retired librarian writing a children’s story that has quite a few photos in it. I need one for the story of a rescue squad. The photo above by Paul Purpura of the squad members preparing to repel the rock faces along the BRP would work very well. How do I obtain permission to use it?

  2. NCL Mag says:

    Hi JoAnn, just drop Paul an email: paul -at- nelsoncountylife.com Replacing at with @. Keeps the robots away! Paul was the photographer and I am sure he’ll be glad to grant permission. Just credit it “Photo By Paul Purpura : http://www.nelsoncountylife.com

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