Friday, May 21, 2010
The Seattle Department of Transportation Aerial Rescue team was practicing in the Delridge Community Center Park today. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture!) One of the rescue team, Zeke (not pictured), told me that they have an agreement with the Parks & Recreation Department to practice in parks.
Zeke told me briefly about their process. When they are called out to a rescue, they first try to make contact with the person in the tree and find out if they are responsive and if so whether they need help. One person will be designated to call EMS who then reports back that they are on their way. Before beginning a climb they try to determine potential hazards such as bee hives!
These careful steps, along with the rule that no one climbs alone, is clearly part of a organization that leaves as little to chance as possible.