Confined Space Rescue

The Cost of Doing Business with a Dynamic Directional Between Gin-pole and A-Frame

The cost of rope rescue rigging and training, much less a rescue, has some inherent expenditures.  There is the direct cost of the gear, which to some might seem like a lot, but in reality it pales in comparison to the costs of personnel and training.  These can easily be broken down into professionals who …

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Technical Rescue: The Importance of 15:1

(This article was originally run in Firehouse October 1, 2019) Russell McCullar clarifies whether 15:1 is still relevant and says that fire departments should select gear and load limits that meet their needs. All Photos by Russell McCullar Not long ago, I was explaining to one of my students that our training agency was undergoing …

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Insights Into Gear: English Reeve System Control Side

Thank you Mark Pfeifer of Ronin Safety and Rescue… In this video, we are looking at the control side of an English Reeve.  The video shows four control descent devices and our riggers putting them into use to both have tension, the tension line and to be operating the English Reeve system. Now starting from …

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Coming Soon… Confined Space Rescue: NFPA Awareness, Operations and Technician

We reached out a year or so ago and started looking at confined space. There’s a lot of video on rope rescue, a lot of cool high line failure videos you can watch. There wasn’t a lot on confined space, we found. We decided, “How do we do a confined space video?” Well, everybody wants …

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Atmosphere Determines The Strategy and Tactics Which Determines The Rigging For Confined Space Rope Rescue

The following excerpt is Mark Pfeifer of Ronin Rescue during an interview with Lance Piatt of Rigging Lab Academy. “So we reached out a year or so ago and started looking at confined space. There’s a lot of video on rope rescue, a lot of cool highline failure videos you can watch. There wasn’t a …

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Industrial Skate Block Trackline System Upper Section (Part 1)

Hi, I’m Richard Delaney from Rope Lab in the Blue Mountains of Australia, and I’m working today with the Rigging Lab Academy. Today we’re working at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. We are working with the same type skate blocks that we’ve been looking at in previous sessions, but this time we’re working in an …

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A Confined Space Rig: Anchors, Pulleys And The Haul Field in Rope Rigging Systems

Let’s continue with our pulley discussion. We have here a confined space rig, what I like to call it. It’s unique in that we have a tripod, and anybody who’s been around these things know they’re susceptible to tipping over, so it’s important, if you’re going to do something like this, that you have equal forces …

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Let’s Build A Skate Block: Using The Tension Lines As The High Point In Confined Space Rescue

So here we’ve got a skate block. These are very effective in confined space rescues. This allows us to utilize two lines on a high point through a change of direction directly down into the space, in this case, using the tension lines as the high point, bringing the patient up, having the knot hit …

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