Jason Ilowite

A Shout Out To Many Who Have Stood By Us Through Thick And Thin: Vision Is Always Within Your Grasp

Most people, at the end of each year, stand back and reflect on what was, what is and what should have been. An epoch season and epic events both apply to myself, our company and those around us. To date, we have produced somewhere between 600 and 700 technical rigging and rescue videos and has …

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The 5 Day Advance Workshop Is Almost Here…

From Jason Ilowite… our instructor for this flagship course 5 Day Advance Workshop. So a little bit about the upcoming 5 Day Advance Workshop and why I think it’s important and valuable. I think the five day course addresses a problem that many of us, and I say us, I’m talking about fire service, rescue. …

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Planning Your Artificial High Directional: What to Use and When

If you’ve been following Rigging Lab Academy at all for the last year or so, it is clear there has been a large emphasis placed on the Artificial High Directional. There are so many reasons why this is, and if you haven’t quite been brought up to speed yet, check out some previous blogs and …

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How To Building of a Side A-Frame Artificial High Directional Tracking Line and Think Through The Process

So the operation that we ran here is a tracking line offset in conjunction with a two tension rope system. So the whole purpose of the tracking line offset is to be able to take the rescue package negotiate difficult obstacles that may be encountered while they travel down the cliff face. Outcroppings of rocks, …

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Team Leadership: Guiding Principles to Overcome Adversity

Recently, Rigging Lab Academy concluded a 5 day custom rope rescue course for a small, all volunteer team on the island of St.John in the US Virgin Islands. The course was set to focus on utilization of a large cache of recently purchased, modern rope rescue equipment such as an artificial high directional, MPD and …

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RLA Live: Volcano Rescue Team

I just got back from RLA’s first ever Live On-site training in Mt. St. Helens National Monument with the Volcano Rescue Team. It was awesome, I loved connecting with these amazing people.  They ranged from full time EMS professionals, self employed designers, engineers, freelancers, mechanics, guides and a host of other passions and occupations. Jason …

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Critical Thinking… The Best Method to “CYA” in Rescue

Critical Thinking is the Best Method to “CYA” in Rescue Anybody who has been involved with rope rescue for any length of time has certainly heard something to the effect of, “We can’t do __ because NFPA says so”. Or perhaps in reference to using a particular piece of equipment a certain way, “The user …

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What’s the Buzz about the Artificial High Directional?

There is no secret that the Artificial High Directional has become, and is currently all the craze in the rescue world. These systems can be somewhat costly, and undoubtedly entail a good amount of specialized training; so the question is why have so many teams across the world turned to these tools as a must-have …

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The Truck-Based Gin Pole

The Truck-Based Gin Pole   Many fire apparatus in North America are equipped with anchor points around the truck specifically for rope rescue usage. This is most commonly found on heavy rescue units and those with special tasking for technical rescue activities. Practicality of these anchor points can come in many forms, and with the …

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