RCFD sharpen steep terrain evacuation skills - KOTA Territory News

RCFD sharpen steep terrain evacuation skills

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The growing popularity of outdoor recreation in KOTA Territory means keeping medical and rescue teams on their toes.

Members of the Rapid City Fire Department gathered at Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park Monday to take part in evacuation exercises geared towards rescues in steep terrain.

The drills are intended to prepare first responders for some of the injuries & situations they might encounter when they arrive on scene in locations off the beaten path.

Lieutenant Monte Mertes of the Rapid City Fire Department says the training is important to maintain what the medical community refers to as "The Golden Hour", "If a patient is seriously injured traumatically, we have an hour, we'd like to get them to surgical medical facility within an hour, so the more efficiently we can be at the our rescue, the faster we get into medical facility".

According to Mertes, the fire department performs training exercises like these, about once every three months to keep their skills sharp

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