Life imitated art for the Drumheller Fire Department on Tuesday.
Some members were practising a high angle rescue in the hills behind Extra Foods around 7:00 p.m. when they received a call for a high angle rescue.
"It was perfect: there was someone on the ropes and we had to undo him and hop in the truck and head over to another one, so it was pretty good timing," recalled volunteer firefighter Mitch Smith.
"Just past the Newcastle Bar, down that old back road, there's a culvert that kind of leads towards the Passion Play," explained Smith. "(They) took a spill into the culvert, actually."
The victim, a male, was extracted by firefighters and taken to the Drumheller Hospital by ambulance with head and shoulder injuries. His condition is not known.
A little over a month ago, the fire department was called out to the Red Deer River behind the Badlands Community Facility. Ironically, it was just two days after they had practised river rescue techniques. The irony was not lost on Smith.
"That seems to be how it goes," he told Drum FM. "We'll do a practice on something and then, within the week, we'll get a call regarding that."