Two Tensioned Rope Rescue Systems

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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Trackline and steep angle litter raise gin-pole as bottom AHD

A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline with Steep Angle Litter Raise: An Overview of a Dual AHD and Steep Angle Litter Work

Vision, training and rehearsing are purposeful events.  Rarely can someone envision future events without understanding the past as there is no understanding or interpretation without history.  Training involves coaching, education, drills, guidance, discipline and a host of other “things”… in short, “training” can be disastrous if done inappropriately. Rehearsing however is something different.  Rehearsing involves …

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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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Want To Be A Dirtbag?

I’ve had a lot of bad ideas so I get pretty excited when I have a good one.  The Crackerjack Group recently held a “flyer” of a class we dubbed The Dirtbag Clinic..  and it worked. The idea came about because we had some friends in town for the Mountain Rescue Association Conference and they …

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Two Tension System-Vertical and Horizontal Evacuation Part 1: In-Line 9 Using A Petzl Jag System Is An Easy Solution!

The other day I walked into the studio (Neverland) armed with one goal for the morning… build a system that is Functionality Efficient in Gear Efficient in People Efficient in Physics AHD Based Small Team Based One Person Load Very Reproducible Raise Only Based (but with a margin of error that allows for downward adjustments… …

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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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Two Rope Twin Tension Mini Offset… Backcountry Meets Fire Service

So backcountry meets fire service… sounds like a battle of some sort.  So while this “match up” is really neither epic nor epoch, this contest does have some interludes that hasn’t always faired well for either side. A while back, some well needed direction was given to the fire service in the form of recommendations …

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Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 3: Via A Two Rope Offset

Two Rope Offset Systems or “cross hauling” uses two identical working systems (normally).  Now while some use a main-belay system, we are advocating a “two tension system” as it “halves” the amount of tension on both sides respectively, thus reducing the chances of any load related challenges… I am purposely not using the term “catastrophic …

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Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 2

So in this installment of Litter Hauling Techniques Using Dual Capacity or Twin Tension Rope Systems Part 2, I would like to jump into anchor and anchor systems used in a few of the systems we set up here this week.  Neverland has three upper platforms or stages (as we call them) and the lower Ground …

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Industrial Skate Block Trackline System Lower Section (Part 2)

Now we’re down at the bottom end. As I said at the top, we’ve got our red track line and we’ve got our blue skate block. The attachments here, we’ve got a pulley on the track line. Also on the track line we have a mobile fall arrester, a Petzl ASAP. That means worst case, …

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