The rescue squad at the Wintergreen Resort just won a statewide competition. That means if you're out on the slopes this winter, the best team in the region is there to keep you safe.
"I love heights," said Nick Brown, a member of the rope rescue team. "The adrenaline rush when you go over the side of a cliff or something, it's just amazing," he said.
And that's just what the team is trained to do. They put their lives on the line to save others.
"We've got some of the best trained, most proficient, in the state of Virginia," Brown said.
And last month they proved it. The team took part in a statewide competition in Virginia Beach. They had to search an area for a simulated accident, locate victims, figure out how to get them out, and remove them quicker than anyone else. It's a title four years in the making, and this year, they won first place.
Brown said the team is proud of their success. "It means a lot because we're been really practicing hard. The guys have put in a lot of hard work and time and effort into the training and the practices," he said.
Curtis Sheets, the chief of fire and rescue, agrees. "It's basically just a validation that what we're doing for our training is on spot so we're focused correctly," he said.
The $1 million truck that the rescue squad purchased in 2008 has a 1,000 foot ladder, so they're prepared to save people who live and stay in Wintergreen from rooftops, cliffs, scaffolding and anything else that can't be accessed from the ground.
"You can feel safe coming to this area and knowing that you're going to get the best care that's out there," Brown said.