Not many people go into work expecting to be dangling off a building or strapped to a co-worker for safety but when you are a Duncan Firefighter things are a little different.

The rest of this week and then in two more weeks the department, with the help of OSU, is working a portable tower and then moving to a real building sometime today (Oct. 9).

Ryan Ellis, deputy chief, said this was standard training.

“We are currently training for ropes rescue. OSU’s come down teaching the course with their instructors and some of the guys here (firefighters) for most of them it’s their first time, for some of them it’s just a kind of a recap of everything they learned in the past,” he said.

While Duncan and Stephens County aren’t really known for skyscrapers the rope training has uses here also. 

“Rope rescues can be used for ravines, wells — we don’t really have any big bluffs … anywhere really steep where they can’t climb back up, we can’t get people down to them,” Ellis said. “If kids fall in wells and whatnot, any man-made wells.”

By having Duncan Firefighters learn these skills it makes the whole area safer.

“It helps us if we are ever in a position where we had to have rope rescues (without the training) — we’d have to call in a tech team from Oklahoma City, Lawton or Edmond,”  he said. “And (at best) it would take them an hour to get here, and somebody’s going to be stranded for a hour.”

Ellis said so far the guys have done well.

“So far everybody’s done good,” he said. “There hasn’t been anyone try to get out of it yet. It’s a shock making yourself climb out of a perfectly good window on rope.”

These training sessions help equip the teams with more skills that might one day be needed.

“We are doing this to add just that many more skills that we can to serve the public with any needs they may have,” Ellis said.

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