The Science of Tower Rescue and the Art of Multiple Agency Cooperation

In the very best of scenarios, tower rescue for the professional can be a daunting task. But the obvious dangers of extreme height, high voltage, microwave radiation, radio-frequency exposure and gusting winds pale in comparison to what many responders...


In the very best of scenarios, tower rescue for the professional can be a daunting task. But the obvious dangers of extreme height, high voltage, microwave radiation, radio-frequency exposure and gusting winds pale in comparison to what many responders deem the hardest aspect of most tower...


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Tom Wood has a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from Kent State University, and also served as a combat photographer for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He is the Program Manager and an industrial rescue at height instructor for Vertical Rescue Solutions by PMI. An 11-year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, CO, he has served as the team's New Member Director, Equipment Director and ATV Director. During the Columbia Shuttle Recovery Effort in 2003, he served as a division SAR superintendent. Wood is a Level II Avalanche Technician and HeloTech II. He is also a certified tower climber and IRATA-certified Rope Access Technician. A past presenter for the Mountain Rescue Association, National Association of Search and Rescue, International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board, his extracurricular activities include mountaineering, writing, ice climbing, rock climbing, caving and trail running.