Principles of Learning

The Arizona Vortex Guidebook

What is the best way to use The Vortex Guidebook? “Specialized training and experience in technical rigging is absolutely essential for safety use. This manual/guidebook is not a substitute for hands-on training, but it will accelerate it beyond your wildest dreams”. What You’ll Learn Inside this demonstration, we’ll cover topics like… Vortex Set and Hardware …

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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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Recommended Rope Systems ~ Two Tension Rope System (TTRS) Raise and Lower

Recommended Rope Systems ~ Two Tension Rope System (TTRS) Raise and Lower Two-Tensioned Rope System – Raise A Two-Tensioned Rope System shares the load between two ropes, both under tension. Each system is capable of functioning as both mainline or back-up to the other line. System System Benefits Maestro • load is distributed between two …

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Ascenders and Clamps Technical Tips: How to calculate mechanical advantage

©Petzl Technical Information ©Petzl How to calculate mechanical advantage A mechanical advantage haul system reduces the effort required to raise a load. The mechanical advantage obtained is based on the pulley effect. 1. The pulley effect If we consider a load suspended on a rope, the rope passing through a pulley above the user, with …

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RLA’s 3 Tips For Better Online Learning ~ Experience and Behavior

There are thousands upon thousands of riggers within the fire service and other emergency services such as Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and all of them at one point or some point will need or have already turned to online training.  Regardless of what has transpired over the last 6 months, online training has been increasing …

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No Implementation Means Flushing Your Strategy and Tactics Down The Drain

The following information is tilted towards building a solid rope rescue and rigging team, but I would be remiss to say that it applies to thousands of other “purposes”, but also to the inanimacy of a “rigging system” as a whole or in part. By viewing your rigging systems as an organic makeup of living …

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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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Tools vs Knowledge And Which Is More Important?

So before I jump into this, let’s get the definition correct here.  Knowing there are deflected meanings to words these days, I am not referring to people or a person as a “tool” ( The Urban Dictionary has it this way… A guy with a hugely over-inflated ego, who in an attempt to get un-due …

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