Randy rescue mission from bottom of cliff

Fire crews were called to Helensburgh yesterday morning to rescue Randy from the bottom of a cliff.

It's far from the first time Randy has found himself in a spot of bother.

For Randy is a dummy regularly used by the fire service during training exercises.

Inspector Brendan Cox said the vertical rescue exercise, which was managed by station officer Craig Weir and senior firefighter Shane Bonsall, took place at Kellys Falls, just east of Helensburgh.

"The scenario we created was a male civilian injured with a broken leg at the bottom of a 40-metre cliff," Insp Cox said.

"There was only one access point, which is down the cliff face, so no walk-in walk-out possibilities."

Insp Cox said the exercise involved 10 firefighters. One was lowered down with an emergency treatment pack to assess Randy's injuries, then a second firefighter was lowered with a stokes litter.

They bandaged and secured Randy's broken leg, secured him in the stokes litter and used ropes to pull him to safety.

"We exercise these types of skills on a regular basis, every couple of months," said Insp Cox.

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