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Two helicopter rappellers do a hands-free safety stop during rappel training conducted by the Forest Service in Salmon in June.

Annual training for firefighters who rappel out of helicopters into remote areas will begin next week with a few wrinkles to stay safe in a new world with a coronavirus outbreak.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest reported it will begin training 13 veteran rappellers and five flight crew members next week while trying to abide by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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