ROPE RESCUE-TECHNICIAL RESCUE IN VIRGINIA
Suffolk, Virginia (January 9, 2022): Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Suffolk Police responded to
the 4100 Block of Mockingbird Lane for an elderly couple who had fallen down an
Emergency Communications dispatched the incident at 4:14 p.m. with the first units arriving at
Ladder 6 and Safety 1 arrived to find two elderly individuals who had fallen 10-25 feet down a
40-foot embankment. Due to the terrane and location of the incident, Suffolk Fire & Rescue’s
Technical Rescue Team was called to work with Engine 6 and Ladder 6’s crew to effect the
rescue. With the two individual holding onto the side of the embankment, rescuers were
lowered down the embankment using ropes, harnesses and descent devices. The two
individuals ascended the embankment with rescuers using ropes and an engineered haul
system. Both individuals were successfully hauled up the embankment and were assessed by
paramedics for injuries. No injuries were reported by the two individuals or rescuers.
Responding units included Battalion 1, Engine 6, Engine 2, Ladder 6, Medic 1, Medic 9,
Rescue 1, EMS-1, and Safety 1.
Credit: Michael J. Barakey, Fire Chief