# Thursday, April 14, 2005

Last night I went to a very groovy CERT refresher training at the fire house.  The topic was “Light Search and Rescue”.  What we ended up doing specifically related to extracting people from cars.  They got a towing company to bring over a junker car, and the fire fighters proceeded to pretty much take the car apart.  It was sooooo cool.  If you’re into that kind of thing…

We learned the best way to break out the windows of a car to get access to the people inside, how to get the windshield off, etc.  For the finale, one of the fire fighters used a hand-help, battery powered sawz-all to take the whole top off the car.  Took less than three minutes.  :-) 

The second half of the class was all about knot tying.  There are a truly amazing array of things you can do with a 10’ length of tubular webbing.  Definitely handy to have around.  We learned the water knot, the figure eight (on the end or the bight), the “alpine butterfly”, double fisherman’s, etc.  It was kind of like a whole room full of grownups thrown back into scouting for the evening.  Of course, if I don’t practice, I won’t remember the knots in a week or two.  Time to get a length of rope and start practicing…

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