Professional Standards

Rescue Rope-Based Rigging Concepts: A book review

Rescue Rope-Based Rigging Concepts… A new book by Steve Crandall.  At first glance I see Images, Content and a Warning sign!  A warning sign? Because books are not intended to be used in place of active proficient practice. Steve’s insight on the subject of rope rescue, rigging and intellectual concepts of physics, breathes life into the …

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Moving Beyond 10:1 Static System Safety Factor

Moving Beyond 10:1 Static System Saftey Factor Moving Beyond 10:1 SSSF Introducing Force Limiting Systems and Managing the Right Risk at the Right Time ITRS 2014 By: Kirk Mauthner, British Columbia, Canada, kirk.mauthner@gmail.com Abstract: Most rope rescuers are aware or familiar with the concept of applying a safety factor – such as 10:1 – to …

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Break-bar Rack, Figure 8 or Petzl I’d? Which do I buy?

I get this question asked in a lot of ways.  All though in many ways, this is really a no-brainer.  In other ways, it becomes complicated. The no-brainer is answering the question from a logical standpoint.  Ease of use. Does it have more than one use?  Cost per use over time (amortization).   The complicated …

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Sterling Rope’s SuperStatic2 Rope: Gear Video Vault by Rescue Response Gear

Sterling SuperStatic2 Nylon Rope 7/16 Inch Diameter A multipurpose rescue/rappel rope, the 7/16″ is the top choice for military operations, mountain rescue and rope access. 1/2 Inch Diameter A 1/2″ technical rescue and high angle multi-use rescue rope that is perfect for mainline rescue and belay line systems. 5/8 Inch Diameter With its large diameter …

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FAQ

What is the service life on rescue hardware (i.e. carabiners, pulleys, anchor plates, etc.)? When should hardware be retired?

What is the service life on rescue hardware (i.e. carabiners, pulleys, anchor plates, etc.)? When should hardware be retired? Hardware is good to use until:   It stops functioning the way it did when it was new. Such as a carabiner gate not closing smoothly, or a pulley sheave rubbing against the side plate.   …

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FAQ

Are the equipment standards too stringent or even relevant?

Are the equipment standards too stringent or even relevant? Many believe (as you probably know) that the standards are too heavy-handed with safety factors that are too extreme.  I reply by reminding them how difficult it is for some departments to procure and maintain equipment because of funding, budgetary protocol and administrative complacency. Long campaign …

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