While we marvel at the tens of millions of dollars invested in helicopters used to rescue paragliders following collapses, let us not forget the specialized ladder trucks used to remove paragliders and their helpless falling human cargo from the numerous forests of the world. This blog salutes the men and women of rescue teams who prevent the forest canopy from being littered with paragliders - and the taxpayers whose generous subsidies make paragliding mania possible.
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A fire department crew waits patiently for the utility company to shut off power to a 130 kV power line (and a large portion of a city's electrical service) so they can rescue a dangling paraglidist with their ladder truck. Even when power is cut, a residual charge sometimes remains, making the rescue operation dangerous for the rescuers as well as the rescued.