George Reifenstein can tie a knot quicker than a cowboy.
“It’s a tool of the trade,” he shrugged humbly during a recent interview at the fire department station near the airport, where the Special Teams fire engine, jet boats and other equipment are stored and ready to use at a moment’s notice.
Upon request, he kindly agrees to demonstrate how to make one. Reifenstein jumps inside the rescue engine, grabs an orange rope and gives it a few twists. Voilà. Two Figure 8 On a Bight knots. He tugs the line to make sure it’s secure.