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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Media/Photo Op: Los Angeles County Firefighters to Lead Multi-Agency High Angle Technical Rescue Exercise

Los Angeles County firefighters will lead a multi-agency “over the side” high angle / technical rescue exercise off of Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest.

 The Forest’s extremely steep terrain has been the location of a large number of technical rescue operations throughout the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Last year, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Teams completed a record 560 missions, including many involving County firefighters and Forest personnel conducting over the side rescue operations on the Highway. 

This exercise will provide excellent opportunities to film County firefighters and technical rescue specialists known internationally for their recent missions in Haiti, Japan and New Zealand as members of California Task Force 2. Multi-agency training is designed to ensure that these life-threatening mountain accidents end in lifesaving rescues.

WHO: LACoFD Air Operations, Engine, Truck & USAR Companies, LASD Air Operations, Montrose/Altadena Search and Rescue, USFS-ANF Firefighters

WHAT: Multi-Agency Technical Rescue Exercise

WHEN: Friday, April 26 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Angeles Crest Highway, mile marker 30.16

VISUALS: High angle cliff rescue operations showcasing the multi-mission LA County Fire Department’s Firehawk helicopter and LA County Sheriff’s Air 5 Super Puma helicopter

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