The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship rangers recently participated in rope rescue training exercises for technical rescue conducted inside the W.M. Keck Observatory and NASA Infrared Telescope Facility in the Maunakea Science Reserve on Maunakea.
Seven rangers spent the day alongside observatory personnel to learn rappelling and technical rescue training, which involves using ropes and rappelling in high environments within the three-story observatory structures.
Safety training also included ascending and descending a fixed-rope system and understanding and operating a rope-rescue system in the event a rescue mission is ever needed.
The Rope Rescue Training Certification will be an annual event for the rangers and other Maunakea Observatories personnel.
For more information check out UH Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship.