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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Intaman » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:18 am

Philrad71 wrote:Dear Kings Dominion:
Please add this in place of Anaconda.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby XYZ » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:37 am

I'm just wondering of what would be a good replacement for Anaconda and I thought something very similar to Divertical would work very well on Lake Charles. Unlike Anaconda, it would actually use the lake as a function.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby BigDipper 80 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:52 am

^The thing is, all of the Intamin flumes use filtered lagoons. Unless the lake is filtered and chlorinated, I doubt we'd see a Divertical-type ride there.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:54 am

Technical Rescue Day at Kings Dominion
Fire fighters and over rescue workers from the Central Virginia Technical Rescue Team came to Kings Dominion for Technical Rescue Days last Thursday and Friday (November 8-9). Kings Dominion has sponsored this event for 18 years, which involves fire and rescue workers from Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover performing simulated rescues using the park's roller coasters. The park also hosted a larger, similar competition for rescue workers last spring.

This year's exercise involved two different scenarios:

1. Non-critical: A "catastrophic power failure" has stranded a maintenance worker (who is uninjured) in a crane 70 feet up in the air inside Flight of Fear. Rescue workers need to bring him safely to the ground.

2. Critical: A victim has fallen down a "shaft," and a rescue worker has to be lowered to reach him, then bring him up and out safely. This took place at Grizzly, and the same scenario was used during the competition last spring.

This is a great way for rescue workers to sharpen their skills, and Kings Dominion certainly provides a unique environment for training. TPR thanks the park for this opportunity to observe the exercise--and for the valuable public service the park provides by hosting it.

These training exercises are held quarterly.

Here are two brief videos showing rescue workers in action at Flight of Fear and Grizzly.

Inside Flight of Fear

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At Grizzly

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Good morning, Volcano. Sorry, but this report is not about you today.
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Never, ever block the BIG DOOR to Flight of Fear!
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It's about 80 feet to the top of Flight of Fear.
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Yes, it's a long way down.
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Lt. Stacey Harris, a Richmond fire fighter, explains how they're going to rescue the trapped worker.
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One of the rescue workers mentioned that the ride was "an angle man's dream" because it was "anchor rich" for rigging.
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The poor guy is trapped about ten feet below us.
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He's dangling from this crane.
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"Help me!"
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"Don't worry--we're on our way. And we won't be sending . . .
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. . . this guy!"
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"Good! I don't want to be saved by some chunky coaster enthusiast!"
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Help has arrived!
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It took some time to set everything up, but the actual "rescue" took only a few minutes.
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It was all quite interesting to watch.
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Almost there.
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Safe on the ground.
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Matt Newell (Henrico Fire and EMS) describes today's training to a reporter from a Richmond TV station.
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This poor dope fell down this same "shaft" at Grizzly last spring. You think he would've learned to be more careful.
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He's in a pretty bad way.
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Working on some rigging on one side of Grizzly.
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The rescue worker will be lowered from this point.
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And there she is.
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Both sides have act as a team to make this work.
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Almost ready.
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Making adjustments while you're dangling so high up in the air can be tricky. The rescue worker can't use the railings lining the track below her, either--they're out-of-bounds for the scenario.
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Ready to go.
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Lower away.
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I hope that guy is double- or triple-jointed. Otherwise, he's a wreck! That's all.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:06 am

Very intersting and cool that the park continues to sponsor an important training exercise like this. Thanks for sharing some great pics Chuck!
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Voxelmatic » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:09 am

Not everyday you get to climb around Flight of Fear! Thanks for the entertaining report.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby QueerRudie » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:57 am

Incredible shots, Chuck. OL:FOF has been one of those great mysterious wonders of steel for me since 1995 (Scary, no?) when it was announced. Those angles are simply not covered by anybody- anywhere, and are astounding in every way.

And that poor schmuck on Grizzly... "DO NOT STAND UP" apparently doesn't apply to him!

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:02 am

Really cool look at the inside Flight of Fear. Thanks for the update, Chuck!
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby sspaz1000 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:30 am

Great pictures Chuck! Glad Kings Dominion sponsors something like this!
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby 11slataus » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Is there a reason why FOF's corkscrew is yellow? Or is that just the light reflection?

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