The MPD is a major advance in hardware for technical rope rescue. This multi-purpose device performs all functions for main lines, belay lines, tag lines and haul lines and do so in under two (2) minutes.
When Matt Adams (our in-house techie) suggested we give this thing a whirl and actually time a set up (he thought we could set up a 5:1 system in less than 2 minutes), we all thought it was a great idea. We headed to Redmond Fire Department and drug out Randy (you many remember his cameo appearance and swan dive off a cliff at Smith Rock State Park) and have him lend us his “weight” for rigging and filming. We were very excited at showing off this new piece of gear.
The other side of the story and “someone else” we were really excited about showing off was Torrey (my son) and a good friend Adam Ermatinger. They both had worked on a number of projects with us (RRG video series) as well as with Zion Pictures, and are now working at putting projects together under the Raven Film Works label (be looking for more to come).
CMC Rescue has done an exceptional job at providing rescuers with the equipment they need to save lives. They pulled out all the stops on the MPD. Working with Rock Exotica, the plan was to come up with a worthy answer to weight, ease of use, cost savings and efficiency.
The MPD successfully and efficiently controls descents, is a high efficient pulley when used in a pulley system, as well as acts as a progress capture (in the same pulley or mechanical advantage system). It meets BCCTR Rescue Belay Competency Criteria and is NFPA G rated.