How-To Concepts

Understanding Resultants and Force Vectors in Rope Rescue and Business Dynamics

“The following theory is one I’ve been developing for several years. Now, with Raven Business Coaching fully operational, it seems like the perfect time to delve deeper into this concept. The idea connects the physical principles of resultants and force vectors, which are vital in rope rescue operations, to the business dynamics of supply, demand, …

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Synergy in Action: How the Principles of Mechanical Advantage Illuminate Teamwork in Business and Rescue Operations

In the high-stakes arena of rescue operations, the role of a technician or director parallels that of an astute business leader, where efficiency and team synergy are paramount. Just as a well-designed pulley system in rope rescue allows for maximum efficiency with minimal force, applying these principles of mechanical advantage can revolutionize the way rescue …

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Why Studying Iconic Coaches is Essential for Advancing Rope Rescue Excellence

In recent weeks, I’ve immersed myself in the realm of NFL coaching. While the names of Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Hank Stram, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, and Don Shula are widely recognized, it’s become increasingly apparent that coaching in the NFL from the 1960s through the early 1980s represented a unique era, starkly contrasting with …

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Using Pareto’s 80/20 Principle within Technical Rope Rescue

**This content is background and referential ONLY** The strategy of the 80/20 Pareto Principle can be applied to rope rescue teams and systems. This strategy can help build a team and system that is efficient, effective, and able to respond quickly during an emergency situation. The strategy consists of two dimensions: identifying what matters most …

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HOW TO – Use the ASAP LOCK on a Vertical Lifeline in a Sloped Roof Application

HOW TO USE THE ASAP LOCK ON A VERTICAL LIFELINE IN A SLOPED ROOF APPLICATION Nate Williams, Petzl Technical Institute (PTI) Trainer in Petzl America, shows us how to use properly the ASAP LOCK on a vertical life system used in a sloped roof application, as it could be found while installing solar panels, doing …

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Drop loop haul on the MAESTRO for urgent rescue

From Gear In Use: Technical Rescue ~ 5.1 Drop loop haul on the MAESTRO for urgent rescue In certain cases of extreme urgency requiring a very rapid response, the rescuer can access the victim by descending on one rope. Once the emergency has been addressed, upward evacuation can be done at a “normal” level of …

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What are some myths team leaders believe about hidden treasures that simply aren’t true?

So, “the game is afoot”… Like Sherlock Holmes I was looking for something, anything that would get me closer to solving “the mystery of the missing retention”. I approached 3 people I knew could help me in this… Reed Thorne, who literally changed the scope and trajection of technical rope rescue and is a true …

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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 …

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“You grow by putting yourself in an uncomfortable position. And I think we’ve done a lot of that in the last three days.”

Hey friend! Are you a rope rescue professional that wants an easy to understand framework that explains how two tension systems and high directionals work? Are you working with the your team and wanting them to understand two tension systems and high directionals, but don’t know how to go about retraining your individual team members or even the entire …

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