Tonica volunteers practice tying knots and other safety procedures
TONICA — During March, the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department conducted rope training classes.
This training allowed the firefighters to develop a good working knowledge of the various ropes, knots, hitches and rigging they may use at a fire or rescue incident.
The following knots and hitches were covered: overhand, figure-eight, figure-eight follow-through, figure-eight with a bite, figure-eight double bite, bowline, becket, water knot, barrel knot, butterfly knot, clove hitch, rolling clove and half-hitch.
Firefighters performed various evolutions using static and dynamic rope lines with braided and kern-mantle rescue and work ropes. They lifted various pieces of firefighting equipment from ground level to a simulated upper level fire floor.
Simulated incline rescues were also performed. A victim was placed in a Stokes basket and then lowered or raised on an incline that was too steep for rescue personnel to walk on safely. Various rope pulley systems were also used to demonstrate how beneficial mechanical advantage rope-pulley system are to move loads.
The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department is one of the few fire departments in the state operating on donations from residents and businesses rather than through property taxation.