Elk Volunteer Fire Dept Cliff Rescue Training on 2/7/00

This training session involved the use of pickets as an achor. This type of anchor is used in areas
of the coast where there are no large trees or other obvious anchors as well as no way to get a truck
to the location. Steel spikes are driven in to the ground in pairs and ganged together to make a rigid
anchor. Rigging connects them as a unit as well to the rope descending the cliff. An additional training
issue on this drill is the unstable, crumbly cliff face making the hazard of a falling rock possible.


Rescuers prepare the safety line anchor by driving foundation stakes into the ground with a
custom closed ended pipe. The pipe can be used to knock the stakes out of the ground as well.

Here rescuers prepare the main line anchor using the picket system.

Here rescuers train in the rigging which connects the anchor pickets to the main line
This particular type of rigging allows the lines to each picket to self adjust in length.


Jeffery Roy is training as the rescuer on this session. Note the full body harness
and two redundant line systems connecting to the harness. In an actual rescue, the
rescuer would have a Stokes rescue basket for the patient as well as medical gear.


As the rescuer descends, additional edge protection had to be added down from the top of the cliff
to protect the rope from the ground and minimize the possibility of rocks being dislodged.


The cliff face is so unstable that rocks the size of ones fist can be pulled out with one finger.
Charlie Acker and instructor Andy Taylor function as edge spotters.


After being lowered, the main line system is converted to a raising system to bring up the rescuer and patient.