Each of the 11 turbines at Fire Island Wind (FIW) stands about 262 feet tall—and for the crews who maintain and repair those turbines, working at such great heights carries with it inherent risks. That’s why CIRI staff and FIW Operations and Maintenance teamed up with contractor UpWind Solutions to hold a four-day Competent Climber safety training course in June.
Training included a review of fall restraint and protection systems, as well as an opportunity to practice using emergency self-rescue equipment in the field. Participants also learned techniques for assisted rescues involving a co-worker. FIW staff were trained using the same rescue equipment employed by UpWind Solutions, making joint rescues between the two teams possible in an emergency situation.