Las Vegas Fire & Rescue speaks to Action News about Vdara rescue
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- Those aren't the only men who are speaking to Action News. We're also hearing from the heroes of the day. Those who risked their lives to save the stranded workers. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Those aren't the only men who are speaking to Action News. We're also hearing from the heroes of the day. Those who risked their lives to save the stranded workers.
Dropping down off the side of a 57 floor building is not what most would call a regular day on the job.
"When you go over the edge, I mean, you look down, and it's high, but it's fun. That's what we're there for. It's what we train for," says City of Las Vegas firefighter/paramedic Scott Freel.
These are all men on the heavy rescue team for the City of Las Vegas. Wednesday they were lowered to a window washing basket to save 4 men stuck on the 35th floor.
"The problem wasn't with the actual out rigger it was more with the mechanical situation on the lift itself," says Captain John Hurley.
Quickly the team set up and started the rescue.
"On this particular roof we had to bring anchors out of the stairwell and bring two of those out one for the main, and one for the belay," says Captain Aaron Downing.
"They all seemed like they were in fine shape. They were just hot and thirsty. So we gave them some water. We attached a pick off harness to them and then lowered it down," says another fire fighter/paramedic Ray Spigner.
All four men were treated and released without injuries. A successful operation thanks to the "Heavy;" their truck that has pretty much everything the team needs to save anyone in Southern Nevada from any disaster or emergency.
At this height the rescuers say they barely notice the people inside Vdara taking phone video.
Happy for a job well done, these guys look back at the day with satisfaction.
This heavy rescue team is one of three platoons ready to assist throughout Southern Nevada. They worked with Clark County Fire and Rescue on this operation.