NAROOMA’S Rescue Squad began intensive training last weekend to qualify a number of members for vertical cliff rescues.
Saturday was spent studying the books to learn about climbing techniques, harnesses, ropes and associated climbing equipment which, like everything today has “new, improved” versions seemingly every time you turn around.
For example, rope isn’t just a length of hemp or sisal anymore: now you can choose from any number of synthetic versions, all of which have different qualities, such as the amount of stretch, safe working load and anti-twist characteristics.
Interesting as it was, that had nothing on Sunday’s efforts. The members loaded up the two rescue vehicles, with trainers from Binalong and Wollongong, and headed to the cliffs at Dalmeny for a day of highs, lows and hanging around.
Happily the rain stayed away for the duration and many practical lessons were learned - not least of which is that ticks are definitely in season again.
Members now have five weeks to practice what they learned before undergoing a rigorous assessment, at the end of which they will hopefully have another few members qualified and happy to run over cliffs as required.
Special thanks also to Michael’s of Dalmeny, who kindly provided lunches to the team: quite possibly the best burgers in town.