General Rigging

A Quick Look at Two Tension Rope System and a Dynamic Directional Offset using Two Artificial High Directionals

The Purpose (Vision) We have always encouraged experimentation and creativity when learning.  I do my best to take the advice of people I respect.  The other day I sat in the studio thinking about some unused space we have and decided to build a test piece… a small slot canyon where a hiker needed to …

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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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Planning Your Future With Excellence In Rigging

“IF THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD PLANNING AHEAD OF TIME, YOU’RE REALLY ABLE TO EMBRACE THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, AS OPPOSED TO HAVING A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE DOING.” Jimmy Chin I would like to  impart several lessons about managing a practice rigging exercise (session) that are applicable to all riggers.  By …

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Equipment: SMC Vector Gin Pole Insight

  SMC Vector Gin Pole Insight (Excerpt and transcription From RLA 5 Day Advance Online Course) The SMC Vector is a single use monopod-only device. It’s designed to be this height and this height only and it’s true purpose — which has been a game changer — is a very lightweight and usable device that reduces …

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Richard Delaney RopeLab

Mechanical Advantage: 2:1 or 3:1? – RLA Partner Richard Delaney of RopeLab

I thought this was a super quick illustration to show how observation and proximity make a difference.  The question, here is  what is the mechanical advantage difference between a “ground hauler” or that of the “load hauler”.  The significance is found in the frame of reference… the applied force to the input is what defines …

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Using the Fast Fours for Confined Space Rescue and Fallen Worker Rescue/Recovery: RLA Partner RopeLab

What has happened… a worker has fallen from his working platform. The worker condition is good enough where he is able to assist in his own recovery and rescue. This video was developed over a span of time where Rich took to heart, the process of confined space rescue, fallen worker rescue and simply using …

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Jiggers Are Compact 4:1 Pulley Systems and are The Rigger’s Future

Generally, these beauties are considered pre-rigged pulley systems used mainly for hauling, but can be very important in lowering heavy loads as well. The advantage of these systems is in their rapid deployment, and straightforward operation without advanced levels of training or expertise. They are low maintenance and high yield work horses and have been …

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A Couple of General Rescue Principles-Human Leverage Is Quickest

Counterbalance Technique This is a counterweight system. The rescuer is on one side, the victim on the other.  The rescuer unweights the rope on the vicim’s side by pulling on it.  The victim ascends and the rescuer ascends.  The advantage of this system is that it is easy to do with little equipment.  Engaging the …

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A Great Product Isn’t For You Unless You Can Define The Problem You Are Solving For

As we all know… a single person can’t win the world.  Well, one person did, but other than he, we need a ton of help to shift things.  In rescue, culture plays a huge roll as to how systems and techniques play out.  Not sure about that statement?  Compare climbing, with mountain rescue.  Fire service …

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