Lawton firefighters establishing ropes rescue team

LAWTON--With massive flooding and rain that won't go away, police and fire departments have found themselves rescuing people more than ever this year and that's perfect timing for Lawton firefighters.   Because right now, they are developing a technical ropes rescue team.   Wednesday, they rappelled off buildings at the Great Plains Technology Center to prepare them for real-life rescue situations.

Assistant trainer Jared Williams says they have more opportunities to use a rope rescue than people realize.   He says it's especially helpful in water rescues.  "We could set up rope system and send personnel out there in a safe way instead of going out haphazardly and making rescues," Williams said.

There are three levels of training in rope rescue.   The firefighters will wrap up the first level Sunday.   The firefighters plan to complete the other two phases in the next few weeks.