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September 25, 2012

Rescue training planned at Poke-O-Moonshine

CHESTERFIELD — An unexpected small microburst comes through the area, leaving hikers and rock climbers injured on one of the area’s most visited mountains. 

It could happen, said Christopher Bresett, assistant team leader for the Adirondack Regional Technical Rescue Task Force. And that entity keeps on its toes, ready to assist. 

The Task Force will hold its third-annual fall technical-rescue training day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. 

The scenario, Bresett said in a news release, is that a fast-moving storm hits the area without warning while the mountain is full of hikers, as well as rock climbers on its South Slab. The storm leaves many people injured on the trails, as well one climber stranded on the slab itself, requiring a rope rescue. 

Rescuers will employ search-and-rescue canines to find the victims, wilderness first-responders to assess patients and carry-out crews to assist victims out.

The mock operation will also include two teams helping to rescue the stranded climber. One crew will climb to the top of the slab and hoist down a stokes litter and medical personnel, while a climbing team will go up from the bottom to reach the person quickly and do any stabilization needed.

The Task Force is a group of neighboring fire departments, search and rescue teams and the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Members are all trained in various degrees of technical rescue, among them swift-water, ice-water and rope rescue. 

For more information, call Bresett at 335-8077.

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