Safe Practices

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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3 Steps To Building Your Rigging Quiver Part 1

Question: Two or More Vectors Added Together = Applied Force = Resultant I think we all want the best.  We want a stellar life.  But when you get past things like  Marriage?  Kids?  Friends? You might think of cars, houses and jobs… then what?  If we are honest with ourselves, we are struggling with at …

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Carabiner Shaming: Losing The Gold

I’ll admit it.  I’m guilty. I’ve done it.  Nope, I’m not talking about stepping on the rope, using dropped carabiners, or mistakenly peeing on my belay loop… c’mon winter layers can be a challenge!  Nope, I’m talking about what I’ll call “carabiner shaming.” Like many, I used to pick apart photos on the interwebs to …

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The Creative Mystique: Heroes Are Made When The Function Of Rescue Meets The Higher Expectations Of Designed Rigging

I have heard it said that “a lesson in creativity is like taking a calligraphy class; you never know when something you learn might end up being useful in a place you’d never expect” and for longest time, I didn’t understand what they meant.  Until I looked into calligraphy.  I mean really… who in the …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Fall Prevention System

Fall Prevention System in Search and Rescue Globally, falling kills close to 2 million people a year and in the U.S. and over 500 people a year die in occupational related accidents. Fall prevention is about not falling, while on a loaded line in the fall zone. The fall prevention system keeps you from falling, when you are at the edge …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Travel Restraint

Travel Restraint System in Search and Rescue So, we’ve talked about the three different systems we’re going to use. Right now we’re going to go into some detail on travel restraint. And travel restraint is just that. It is designed to restrain you from traveling to the point where you could fall. It can be …

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Primary Uses of the PETZL RIG

Primary uses of the RIG The RIG is a self-braking belay / rappel device that can be used on either the harness or the anchor. WARNINGS Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques. It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information Mastering these …

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Anchors

Anchors: The Underpinning of Everything That Has a System Attached to It

Building an anchor system requires much practice and experience. When dealing with structures, chose anchor points which are part of the inherent structure of the building. This includes columns, beams, anchors for window cleaning equipment, and elevator housings. Avoid corroded metal, weathered stonework, and deteriorated mortar. Avoid using vents, flashing, gutters, and chimneys. When using …

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