mechanical advantage systems

Test Your Rope Rescue Knowledge: Key Questions and Answers for Mastery

Rope rescue operations require mastery in key areas to ensure safety and efficiency. Here, we explore five essential topics that comprise the core of advanced rope rescue knowledge: Mechanical Advantage Systems, Knots and Knot Passing Techniques, Anchor Systems and Bombproof Anchors, Twin Tension Rope Systems, and Patient Packaging and Evacuation. Dive into these subjects with […]

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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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Welcome to the 8 Point Search For Rescue Rigging Anchors

Search and Rescue (SAR) members are a crossbred group of heroes that often spend an ungodly amount of time trying fix what others have broken; they are either lost, hurt and damaged, trapped or stuck in places and on things that sometimes defy logic. They do it mostly out of honoring others before themselves or

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Rock Exotica Omni-Blocks: Gear Vault, An RRG Signet Series Presentation | Block and Tackle

Rock Exotica’s Omni-Block swivel pulleys combine a swivel with a pulley in a patented design that saves vertical height and lets you remove and install the rope while keeping the pulley attached to the anchor. These patented devices revolutionized pulley use when they were introduced in 2005. The Omni-Block combines a pulley with a swivel

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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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Anchoring: Focus Floating Guying Concepts

Obviously anchoring as a concept is a huge topic.  The variations in any given anchoring course can range wildly depending on the vision, scope, knowledge and imagination a give team or person has.  Here is what a typical anchoring course would look like.  I have rounded them out to 10 topics. Anchor Points Selection and

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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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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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Mechanical Advantage: 2:1 or 3:1? – RLA Partner Richard Delaney of RopeLab

I thought this was a super quick illustration to show how observation and proximity make a difference.  The question, here is  what is the mechanical advantage difference between a “ground hauler” or that of the “load hauler”.  The significance is found in the frame of reference… the applied force to the input is what defines

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