Cal Fire Butte County performs Over the Edge training

Cal Fire Butte County Firefighters trained multiple times last week. Action News Now went to the last day of a three day Over the Edge Training Course in Magalia.

Posted: Feb 7, 2021 9:51 AM
Updated: Feb 7, 2021 9:52 AM

MAGALIA, Calif. - Cal Fire Butte County Firefighters trained multiple times last week. Action News Now went to the last day of a three day Over the Edge Training Course in Magalia.

One of the leaders explained why this training is crucial in Butte County. 

"Training will be used quite a bit throughout the county, specifically with the major roadways and arteries we have running through the county, and lot of the outdoor activities that Butte Count provides we see quite a bit of people in this situation," said Captain Lane Costa.

Captain Lane Costa has been with Cal Fire Butte County for about 15 years. He was one of two instructors for the Low Angle Over the Edge Training. Captain Costa says the difference from high angle training is how the victim is transported.

"A majority of the weight is going to be supported by the rescuers to the basket that carries the weight of the basket up. Compared to high angle where the rope system itself will support a majority of the load," said Captain Costa.

Captain Costa says 80 to 90% of the firefighters with Butte County are trained to a low angle rescue level. This week there were 21 firefighters who took the course.

"We have a majority of our students around here from Butte County we also have US Forest Service and Santa Clara County. The standard of training is standard across the board throughout California so no matter if we have situations like the Bear Fire or any other incident outside resources will all be trained to the same level," said Captain Costa.

Even though this is a training Captain Costa said it still can be dangerous, so they always safety measures in place.

"We do have a safety factor built into the systems here, so if something goes wrong the students here and the instructors are provided a safe atmosphere," said Captain Costa. 

Captain Costa said they scouted the area in Magalia before training there to make sure it was safe. He also said the area they chose (right off Coutolenc Rd.) to train is a place they have frequent rescues.

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