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April 26, 2005
Photo Opportunity: City Hall high-angle rope rescue exercise
Toronto Fire Services High Angle Rescue Instructors are rappelling from Toronto
City Hall’s East Tower. City Hall is being used to train Toronto Fire Services
rescue squads on rope rescue techniques in a high-angle environment.

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: City Hall, East Tower, 100 Queen St. W.
(Tower roof and podium roof)

The squad crews first develop their skills at a Special Operations Training
Center, high-angle simulators. They then progress to high-angle sites such as
City Hall and the Scarborough Bluffs, to apply and hone the skills required for
emergency incidents.

This is a rare opportunity for the media to capture photos and video, and to
get a close look at high-angle rope rescue techniques.

Toronto Fire Services instructors will be available for interviews and to
explain the intricacies of high-angle rescue operations, while rescue squad
crews rappel down the north side of City Hall, East Tower.

This training exercise is dependent on dry and calm weather. Rain or high winds
may postpone it. Media are asked to confirm attendance with Captain Mike

Media contact:

Captain Michael Strapko
Public Information Officer
Toronto Fire Services
416-807-7140 (cell)
416-334-5223 (pager)



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