Aerial rescue demonstrated
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WINNIPEG – The city and province demonstrated their new helicopter rescue capability this afternoon at a simulation east of the Red River Floodway control structure.
Eight rescue personnel – four from the provincial Office of the Fire Commissioner and four from the Winnipeg Fire-Paramedic Service – have undergone $20,000 worth of training to conduct aerial rescues of people stranded by floods or other situations where ground transportation may not be possible.
The rescue personnel and a leased private helicopter will be on standby 24 hours a day during the flood season, Premier Greg Selinger and St. Vital Coun. Steeves said this afternoon, reiterating a pledge made earlier this month.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the new team conducted a simulated aerial rescue on the east bank of the Red River, where two personnel played the role of people stranded by floodwaters.
The "victims" were carried away in harnesses, hooked up to a helicopter tow rope by rescuers also harnessed to the same rope.
Fire Commissioner Chris Jones said this procedure will make it easier and safer for crews who face situations similar to the March 2009 event at Breezy Point, where two dozen people were stranded by fast-rising floodwaters.