Personal Competencies

Rope Rescue Gear and Everything Between! Part 1 – Let’s Get This Thing Started!

There are many factors to consider when selecting equipment for rope rescue operations, including operational pre planning, hazard analysis, staffing and training. The type of rescue operation will dictate the specific equipment needs, but there are some general guidelines that can be followed. The first step is to assess the hazards involved in the rescue …

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A Guide to Online Training for Fire Departments, Technical Rope Rescue and Search & Rescue Teams – How Much Money You Can Save in a Year?

As fire departments, technical rope rescue and search & rescue teams are increasingly turning to online training for their continuing education needs, it is important to understand the potential savings that can be achieved. Training online can save an organization significant amounts of money in terms of travel costs, instructor fees and administrative costs associated …

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Unpacking the 15 Topics common within Technical Rope Rescue teams; Fire Departments and Search & Rescue Teams

It is not uncommon for me to get a questions pertaining to a list of topics to be covered for training rescue teams.  This can vary greatly for obvious reasons..  Each of these topics vary in depth depending on the team, qualifications and goals. Rope rescue is a critical skill for fire departments and search …

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A Discipline Life Part 6: Goals vs Projects vs Systems

Technical rope rescue is a complex and multi-layered strategy. It involves goals, projects and systems that are designed to work together to achieve successful outcomes. Each part of the system should be tailored to meet the specific needs of a technical rescue situation, ensuring the greatest chance of success. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when …

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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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What exactly is a Journey?

Excerpt from The Cornerstone: Knowledge & Perception What exactly is a Journey?   The Latin adjective “diurnus” means “pertaining to a day or daily”; English diurnal stems ultimately from this word. When Latin developed into French, “diurnus” became a noun, jour, meaning “day,” the medieval French derivative Journee meant either “day” or “something done during …

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Technical Rigging – Anchors Part 1

Technical Articles | Anchors Part 1 This will be the first of a two-part series on anchors. This section, purposely, will not include situations that necessitate vehicles, pickets or other such portable anchors. Nor is the series meant to be an exhaustive source of information… there are numerous books on this subject. If you have …

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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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Staggered Anchors: Progression from 3:1 to 9:1 Simple Mechanical Advantage

  Excerpt from Knots & Pulleys in Rope Rigging Systems Vol. 1 Segment 7 Let’s continue with our discussion on pulley systems. We can look at what we have right here. You can see the Vortex and we have a sandbag as a weight right now. What we have here in the way of a …

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