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14B Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 DU=,~L,,,, ~ecoro, t'rogresswe, r~eporter Austin Matulonis is conveyed across the high line over a canyon in a simulated rescue scenario. Jason Grimm sets up a rope for SWAT team training exercises The steep terrain of the Lake~ Basin area offers a challenging wilderness environment for honing ropes skills. While Nick Matulonis works in the pine tree to the right, other team members construct the Tim Navarra rappels "Australian style" down Andy Mayo maneuvers down a tricky intricate rope and pulley system for a high-line access exercise. Nick's brother Austin, a sergeant a cliff face. This tactic is sometimes used section of the waterfall. The wet rocks with Quincy California Highway Patrol, was a lead trainer on the exercise. From left: Andy Mayo, when approaching an armed or resistantadded a slippery challenge to the technical lead trainer Jason Grimm, Tyson Shumway and Tim Navarra. subject from above, rappel. SWAT, from page 1B apprehension and rough terrain access. Aside from providing continuing training for the Capitol SWAT team, another objective of the two-day training was to give an EMS (emergency medical systems) team the opportunity for rough terrain access training. Accordingly, a team of three EMTs hailing from the CHP Academy in West Sacramento jSiiied in. The focus of the two-day training included basic rappel, Australian rappel (facing forward), knot passing (getting past a knot in the rope), buddy pick-offs (using a second rope to "pick off" another climber onto the second climber's rope), self-belay and high-line access (using a system of ropes and pulleys strung between two anchors to access a victim far below). Climbing and rappelling has a language unto itself, and learning the names of the various knots, apparatuses, devices and individual .items of gear as well as the terminology for specific techniques is critical for the team to operate effectively and eff'lciently. Figure eight, carabiner, prussic, harness, three-in-one, pulley and many other terms are critical knowIedge for the ropes SWAT team. In the steep mountainous teiTain of Plumas and surrounding counties, it is not unusual for vehicles to go over cliffs and land in the river. It could be a matter of life and death to have trained personnel with the right equipment available and capable of performIng a rescue. The Capitol Protection Services SWAT team might need to use their rope skills to apprehend armed intruders from tall buildings, but the needs here in Plumas County are different. Thanks to men like Matulonis, the Capitol SWAT team and EMTs with rough terrain access, people in both urban and rural communities can rest easier at night. About Matulonis Sgt. Austin Matulonis has been stationed in Quincy since January, when he, his wife Dusti and their 2-year-old, moved to Clio. The f"am~y is familiar with Clio because Dusti's grandfather had a cabin there. Matulonis goes for training in Sacramento once a month to help hone his skills and stay connected to the high-angle SWAT team. As a field sergeant in Quincy, his duties include overseeing day-to-day operations, supervising officers, reviewing reports and training. now featuring the_. Man's Wedding Band every 5890 S, Virginia St, - Reno, NV gemgalle reno,com - 775.825.3 9 Matt Porter, left, rappels down the cliff after conveying him down the cliff on his own rope. "picking off," or rescuing, Sgt. Andy Mayo and