STAC and Nouvelle Hauteur complete Tall Tower Rescue Project simulations

After nearly a year of planning, the STAC Tall Tower Rescue project completed five rescue simulations over two days last month, gathering video and data that will help tower climbers better appreciate the unique challenges of performing rescues at heights.

Working on towers of 90 and 110 meters in height, a team of rescue trainers from Nouvelle Hauteur completed five different timed rescues over two days, including:

  • 110m pick-off rescue from pinwheel, rescue equipment on the ground rescuers from ground;
  • 110m pick-off rescue from pinwheel, rescue equipment up tower, rescuers up tower;
  • 90m inside climb pick-off rescue from rail, equipment up tower, rescuers up tower;
  • 90m inside climb pick-off rescue from rail, rescue equipment on the ground, rescuers from ground;
  • 90m inside climb pick off rescue from pinwheel, equipment on the ground, rescuers from ground.

Each rescue simulation was filmed using multiple DJI Phantom 4 drones as well as multiple GoPro cameras. Demonstrative videos and other pertinent information about the project will be communicated through the STAC Workplace Health & Safety Committee in the months ahead.

In the meantime, STAC would also like to take the time to thank everyone who played a role in this project to date, including:

  • Nouvelle Hauteur, which brought this project idea to STAC and developed the project proposal and which provided an incredible amount of resources to make the rescue simulations happen;
  • Vidéotron, which provided access to two of its tower sites for the rescue simulations;
  • Varcon Inc., which sponsored the rescue equipment used during the simulations
  • Sécurité Landry, which worked tirelessly to ensure all of the rescue equipment was available in time;
  • Katalyst5, which coordinated the UAV operations;
  • The rescuers and climbers from Nouvelle Hauteur who worked tirelessly for two days to complete the simulations:
    • Craig McLellan (Project Lead);
    • Christian Grenier;
    • Jérémie Deschamps; and
    • Mathieu Potel;
  • And all of the other project volunteers who helped made the rescue simulations such a huge success:
    • Marco Simard, Nouvelle Hauteur (Project Lead);
    • Amélie Viau, Nouvelle Hauteur;
    • Thomas Chapman, Nouvelle Hauteur;
    • Clay Parchewksy, WesTower;
    • Dennis Graham, CBC;
    • Denis Darveau, Vidéotron;
    • Todd Schlekeway, NATE;
    • John Jones, NATE;
    • Tom Wood, NATE.