Safe Practices

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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Tower access technique with semi-static rope.

Tower access technique with semi-static rope. WARNINGS Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques. It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information Mastering these techniques requires training. Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own. To access a tower, …

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FAQ

Rescue tripods “falling over”

Rescue tripods “falling over” Natural, improvised, and purpose built high directionals are used to manage loads over edges and through openings. They can make otherwise impossible tasks possible. There are now many proprietary solutions with almost limitless configurations that are being used by rope technicians for access, standby rescue, technical rescue, and load management. High …

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Skate Block End-Carry Ground Based Tower Rescue Technique for Emergency Responders

Skate Block End-Carry Ground Based Tower Rescue Technique for Emergency Responders | Tower Rescue Training Videos Videos & dvds on safety, techniques, procedures, high angle, equipment, harnesses and gear. Some classes and courses available. Products in some videos include: Petzl, Sterling Rope, Traverse Rescue, PMI, Yates, Gear, CMC Rescue, ropes, harnesses, aluminum auto-lock carabiners, i’d, …

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FAQ

What are the options for access to “tall things”?

What are the options for access to “tall things”? When we talk about “tall things”, it could be an industrial structure like a wind turbine, water tower, or communications tower.  Or, it could be a tree.  In very general terms, the options are; traditional lead climbing, alternating lanyard climbing, or use of installed fall protection …

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FAQ

Why do you suggest eliminating, as much as possible, the use of knots, hitches, and bends for industry or plant based rescue teams?

Why do you suggest eliminating, as much as possible, the use of knots, hitches, and bends for industry or plant based rescue teams? Some industrial or plant based rescue response teams have limited opportunity to practice their skills.  This is because they have a primary job at that plant, their rescue responsibility is less of …

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What is your philosophy for a “rescuer based; versus a team based” system or technique?

What is your philosophy for a “rescuer based; versus a team based” system or technique? Whenever possible, it is my personal opinion that more brains, eyes, and backs is a better approach, than one person wearing a cape.  Having said that, every rescue situation is different, every environment is different, and access to resources is …

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FAQ

I have heard the phrase “software first, then hardware” in some Rope Rescue classes, what does this mean, and is it important?

 I have heard the phrase “software first, then hardware” in some Rope Rescue classes, what does this mean, and is it important? My experience with this phrase is with regards to the Tandem Prusik Belay; and specifically with the order that equipment would be rigged onto a carabiner.  In some areas, a pulley (PMP) and …

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