Southborough – Plans for a new ropes course at the Fay School were already underway this past summer when Bob Rojee, Fay’s director of FaySummer and Auxiliary Programs, learned of a unique opportunity to help the local Southborough community.
At a “Celebrating our Local Heroes” event at FaySummer Day Camp, Rojee learned that the Southborough Fire Department had lost the funding for the tactical ropes training they do on a regular basis to maintain firefighters’ rappelling and rope rescue skills. As a result, Fay decided to invest additional funds and build a platform tower that the fire department will use as its regular ropes training facility. The new tower, which reaches 37 feet up to the belay cables, gives Southborough’s firefighters a place to practice throwing ladders and belaying—and Fay students and summer campers will now have access to a state-of-the-art challenge and adventure course with 11 new high ropes elements, where they will also be able to learn rappelling.
All 21 of the Southborough Fire Department’s full-time firefighters and their six volunteers will train on the ropes course once a month beginning this spring.