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National Park Service rangers learning rescue techniques

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2014 6:42 AM
Michaux state forest.

(Thurmont, Md.) -- National Park Service rangers are rigging up at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland, to learn how to rescue people in the mountains.

About 30 rangers and partner agency members are participating in five days of basic technical rescue training, starting today.

The park service says participants will learn basic rigging and rappelling techniques indoors. Then they'll practice outdoors in the Catoctin and Harpers Ferry national parks, and Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest in the midstate.

They'll even practice a nighttime rescue.

The park service says participants will carry heavy equipment over rugged terrain, and work in dangerous vertical locations.

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