Elevated Anchor Systems

Welcome to Confined Space Rescue Demonstration: Technician

Welcome to the third and final demonstration installment of our confined space rescue series… Confined Space Rescue Demonstration: Technician.  We have a stacked line for you with tons of tips, information, and demonstrations. What you’ll be watching is far from exhaustive, however, we’ve tipped the scales way beyond anything you’ll find on the open market. …

Welcome to Confined Space Rescue Demonstration: Technician Read More »

How to Use The Arizona Vortex Guidebook

Photos © Reed Thorne The ARIZONA VORTEX (or AZV) is so named from its development in the rugged highlands of Northern Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon through the rigging and rescue school, Rope That Rescue. Reed Thorne, the school’s senior instructor developed the current Version 2 AZV with the help of Rock Thompson at Rock Exotica …

How to Use The Arizona Vortex Guidebook Read More »

Dynamic Directional Offset System Using an A-Frame and Natural High Directional

Over time, we’ve found this style of deflection offset to be really fun. They have their limits, as with any system, but strength (when properly rigged and run) comes easy and we appreciate the versatility it offers. Large gaps or spans are typically the MO for dynamic directionals. We used a standard A-Frame configuration on …

Dynamic Directional Offset System Using an A-Frame and Natural High Directional Read More »

Floating the Litter Using an A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline

Steep angle litter work can be about as difficult as any high angle rescue. The main reason is that the litter attendants will have to pick and choose the terrain while still maintaining patient contact and visual. This isn’t always doable and often teams are working with minimal personnel so choosing a system that works …

Floating the Litter Using an A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline Read More »

What’s the #1  leadership and team building mistake rope rescue technician’s make?

The year was 2003… almost 5 years post my bellwether event in Sedona. These “leaders” had shown me not just an existence of something new, but of a direction of a trend of things to come. During these years, I had taken other courses and had become much more familiar with “the vertical terrain”. Mind …

What’s the #1  leadership and team building mistake rope rescue technician’s make? Read More »

What would you say to a nervous rope rescue technician about getting started with leadership and team building?

I found myself in a very compromising predicament. I had been running my gear company for less than a year and had been in search and rescue or the better part of 2 years and felt comfortable with what I had understood rope rescue to be. Fast forward a bit… I am standing on Bell …

What would you say to a nervous rope rescue technician about getting started with leadership and team building? Read More »

CMC Arizona Vortex Series 4 of 4: Arizona Vortex Easel Leg A-Frame

Arizona Vortex Easel Leg A-Frame So we’ve arrived here on the scene, we’ve got a cliff edge in the background. And what we’re going to be doing is setting the Vortex up as an easel leg A-frame, which will facilitate the ability for us to be able to get the litter out over the edge …

CMC Arizona Vortex Series 4 of 4: Arizona Vortex Easel Leg A-Frame Read More »

CMC Arizona Vortex Series 3 of 4: Arizona Vortex Sideways A-Frames

Arizona Vortex Sideways A-Frames Depending on your edge conditions or the topography of the surface, you might not be able to use a traditional easel leg A-frame. In that case, the Vortex allows you to go to a sideways easel leg and that way you can work the Vortex into a narrower condition. Or maybe …

CMC Arizona Vortex Series 3 of 4: Arizona Vortex Sideways A-Frames Read More »

Highline Overview: A Case Study

Highline Overview: A Case Study Being prepared (prepped), is not an option in the field of rescue nor in the field of rigging for rescue. It’s THE key to either locking up or unlocking opportunities and options. Not being appropriately prepared is a leading cause of failure. NFPA 1670 stated the following: “The AHJ shall …

Highline Overview: A Case Study Read More »