Tower Rodeo: What Can Fire Rescue Learn From Tower Crews and Vice Versa?

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A unique event in the world of wireless infrastructure opens today in Phoenix, the TRx Challenge that can be seen live at this link. The Challenge runs today and tomorrow (Saturday), pitting a tower crew against a fire and rescue crew in a series of events meant to showcase safety and climbing techniques. The western-themed “Rodeo” is the brainchild of Kathy Gill, founder and President of Tower Safety & Rescue Training, a tower training facility that is the site of the competition. Gill told Inside Towers that even though it’s a competition of sorts, what two industries can learn from each other is even more important.

“Our teams have both expressed how eager they were to learn from each other,” Gill said. “Tower climbers don’t get enough rescue training and rescue teams don’t get enough climbing technique training.”  area will make the trek to Arizona to represent the “first-responders” and consists of a 25-year veteran firefighter with a technical rescue background and his colleague, a member of a county search and rescue team. The men said they were attracted to the event because COVID had shut down a lot of their training activities.

A team from the Philadelphia area will make the trek to Arizona to represent the “first-responders” and consists of a 25-year veteran firefighter with a technical rescue background and his colleague, a member of a county search and rescue team. The men said they were attracted to the event because COVID had shut down a lot of their training activities.

“We want to have fun, some excitement and, at the end of the two days, learn,” Gill said. “We’ve taken every safety precaution, not only for tower climbing but for COVID as well. We are following all of the state and local guidelines and limiting the amount of people who can attend. But it will be fun,” Gill said. “It will be different.”

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