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Training for rope rescues

If you hiked to Wildcat Canyon at Starved Rock State Park recently, you might have seen a lot of ropes. Firefighters from across Illinois participated in a Rope Rescue Program training for the Illinois Fire Services Institute. Here, Utica firefighter and paramedic Robbyn Partain (right) anchors a rope to a large rock at the bottom of Wildcat Canyon. Firefighters spent all week conducting the training exercise. NIU STUDIES SOLUTIONS TO OVERCROWDING, DAMAGE AT BUSY STARVED ROCK; SEE STORY ON PAGE 8.

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