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Fire crews perform rescue operation at Shields Park

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire crews from Spokane Fire District 9 performed a high angle rescue on the climbing rocks at Shields Park Sunday afternoon.  

A high angle rescue, is a specialized skill that utilizes life safety ropes and related equipment to reach victims, extricate them and bring them to safety.

Fire officials on scene said a male rock climber was on the rocks training for a more complex climb when he experienced an equipment failure and fell about 20 feet.

After the rescue the climber was transported to a local hospital with a head injury.  Fire officials said because the climber was wearing a helmet, his injury was not as severe as it could have been.

Shields Park is located at 5625 E. Upriver Drive.