Pat Rhodes

Using An Arizona Vortex as a Mock Aerial Ladder For Study Purposes

We have a lot of members and non-members alike asking about aerial ladder work and whether or not we have ever done any sort of course or mini-rigging study on them.  This is obviously a huge undertaking and one we’d love to do and plan on doing it.  However, in the meantime, I want to …

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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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A Confined Space Rig: Anchors, Pulleys And The Haul Field in Rope Rigging Systems

Let’s continue with our pulley discussion. We have here a confined space rig, what I like to call it. It’s unique in that we have a tripod, and anybody who’s been around these things know they’re susceptible to tipping over, so it’s important, if you’re going to do something like this, that you have equal forces …

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Elements of Rigging – Bombproof Anchors – Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems

Well we’re talking about anchors. Let’s talk a little bit about the term bombproof. What is a bombproof anchor? Those of you in the profession of rescue work, and sometimes in the industry we refer to what’s a bombproof anchor? Well, it’s something that’s really strong that can pretty much hold everything. And looking at …

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