Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Genetti of the Sugarloaf Township Fire Department said his training in rope rescues helped him save a truck driver who was trapped on a steep embankment last week. Genetti told this reporter, "Just being proficient in something you don't use very often is one of our challenges. We have a lot of different skill sets that we have to operate within just like anything else. If you don't do it for a long time you need to refresh yourself." The rescue took place last Thursday just before 6 am on Interstate 80 eastbound in Black Creek Township near Hazleton. The truck driver lost control of his rig and careened over a steep embankment near Black Creek. Genetti said, "We knew he was not injured but we had to make sure that we did not have to have a second rescue involving our guys. We had to make sure everything was anchored off and was stabilized as we worked our way into the cab." Genetti said he had just undergone rope rescue training in Kingston and feels that made all the difference in the incident on Thursday. He added, "I feel my training along with our guys we do a lot of talking as we are going to come up with a game plan. Piece by piece as new information becomes available to us to do what we need to do." Genetti credits the other responding first responders such as Valley Regional Fire Department, Berwick Fire Department, and Espy for making the rescue a success. Genetti pointed out, "Keep in mind we are all volunteers. We do this because we want to give back to the community. We really need the support of the community."
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