10/12/2013 5:27 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
ANSTED - Bridge Day is a week away which means everyone is getting ready for the excitement, even the local rescue teams.
The Ansted Fire Department along with Oak Hill Fire Department and other rescue personnel were at Hawks Nest State Park Saturday practicing rescues for Bridge Day. With hundreds of jumpers and parachuters, Ansted fire chief says it's vital they are quick at rescuing jumpers who find themselves stuck in trees along the river.
"Being prepared is the key thing with all volunteer fire departments, all fire departments and emergency personnel. The ambulances and ambulance crews and fire departments work together, and they don't just show up, it takes hours of training," said Mike Gray.
Gray says there are usually around 1,200 jumps during the six hour period.