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NEW HAVEN — It was a “high risk, low frequency” rescue 50 feet above the blue-tiled floor as city firefighter Collin Whalen lowered a civilian to the ground, the type of tricky rescue operation firefighters regularly train for but hope they never have to perform.
About 15 firefighters, along with Whalen, of Newington, performed a series of training evolutions Friday morning at the It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture, a New England chain known for packaging entertainment alongside showrooms filled with living, dining and bedroom furnishings. Two more groups will go through the training evolutions, with approximately 80 New Haven firefighters getting to practice lowering, anchoring and belaying (climber protection) skills.