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Lake County squad updates its rope rescue skills

Hanging over a cliff by a half-inch rope may not appeal to everyone, but for the Lake County Sheriff's Rescue Squad, it's a skill that regularly comes in handy.

Hanging over a cliff by a half-inch rope may not appeal to everyone, but for the Lake County Sheriff's Rescue Squad, it's a skill that regularly comes in handy.

The Rescue Squad already has performed several cliff rescues on the North Shore this summer.

Seven members of the Rescue Squad recently spent three days updating their rope rescue skills with professional trainers from CMR Rescue, a training institution for technical rescue. Those members are updating the rest of the 55-member squad to respond to injured or stranded climbers and hikers on rocky terrain.

Responding to hundreds of calls for help each year, the squad provides emergency medical services in homes, at highway accidents and fire scenes, as well as water and ice rescues, rope rescues, and wilderness searches and rescues in Lake County. It also assists other counties when asked to do so by the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Carey Johnson said the training is imperative for both the safety of those who recreate on the North Shore and the rescuers who put their lives at risk to save those in threatening situations.

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The squad already has conducted a few cliff rescues since its recent training. Squad coordinator Pete Walsh said members now are better-equipped to carry out rescue operations.

"Our members did a super job," he said. "The course paid for itself in one single day."

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