Sup. Fire Dept. Tests Latest Emergency Rescue Gear

By KBJR News 1

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - $2,500 worth of rescue equipment was donated to the Fire Department by the Graymont Limestone Plant, in Superior.

Battalion Chief Scott Gordon says the donation came after a sight safety review in which officials found that there were high–risk areas that could impede a potential rescue situation.

Today, fire crews had the chance to test the new equipment on site, which included 6–hundred feet of rope and a system that allows firefighters to lower and raise a rescue cart.

They hoped the new gear would dramatically cut the previous rescue time of 52 minutes.

"We're going to see how much quicker it is, and more importantly, how much safer it is. We have less equipment that the fire fighters have to carry to the top because we can do all of our rigging down on the bottom, which would've been difficult to do in the past," said Gordon.

Friday's rescue drill at the Graymont Plant timed in at 19 minutes, and 18 seconds... cutting previous rescue times in half.

Chief Scott Gordon hopes more businesses will be willing to make needed safety improvements.