How-To Concepts

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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PETZL I’D EVAC ~ Main Uses

The I’D EVAC is a self-braking descender/belay device with the handle oriented to facilitate use on the anchor. Lowering with I’D attached to an anchor From Gear In Use 4: Rope Access and Confined Space With the I’D on the anchor, a person can be lowered to a workstation, or an injured person may be …

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General Rescue Principles

Excerpt from Gear In Use 2: Technical Rescue Inert suspension in a harness, even for a short time, can cause serious physiological harm. In case of an accident, it is important to intervene quickly with the appropriate technique. Self-rescue On sites where the main access could be cut off by fire, people must be ready …

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Comparison between MAESTRO and I’D for a rescue using twin tensioned haul lines

Excerpt from Gear In Use 2: Technical Rescue MAESTRO and I’D allow for efficient hauling, releasing the lock at any time, and a controlled lower of the load. The two devices have different ergonomics and different specifications (working load and efficiency). Hauling The MAESTRO’s efficiency enables the effective use of simple pulley systems. If a …

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Double CLUTCH | Using the CLUTCH In a Twin Tension Rope System (TTRS)

I always appreciate great video.  Video (to me) is either aesthetic or technical and trying to bridge both is tough. This video from CMC is clearly technical, but I really appreciate the angles of perspective. So often the “clarifying message” of “the how” can get completely lost if the angles are not right. The CMC …

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General Guidelines To A Successful Operation of the Vortex

Excerpt From The Arizona Vortex Guidebook – A Rigging Lab Academy Premiere Course IT IS VITAL THAT THE USER BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THE DIRECTION AND THE MAGNITUDE OF THE FORCES ACT- ING ON THE FRAME. THE FRAME NEEDS TO BE ASSEMBLED, HOBBLED, GUYED AND OPERATED TO RESIST ALL FORCES WITHOUT ANY MOVEMENT OF THE …

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