An article about the rope training for fire rescue. Fire and emergency assignments are highly stressful situations, and the more knowledge and skills an individual has, the better the outcome. Firefighters who attend and learn the skills offered in fire rescue and rope training walk away with tools that are irreplaceable and required by the National Fire Prevention Association.
A website of United States Search and Rescue Task Force that discusses ropes and knots: its description, design and construction and maintenance.
19-page presentation about the the use of ropes and knots in technical rescue. It includes description about a carabiner, harness, rope, figure 8, webbing, and other equipment. It also provides a brief description of confined space rescues and water rescues.
A firefighter forum about the rope and knot training, should it be done timely. Also they tackle about different techniques in rescue operations in cliff type road and flat areas.
Video length: 9 min 27 secs. The bails performed in this video were from a height of 8 feet with protective matting in place. While training always utilize fall arrest protection when deploying an escape systems from any elevation. This should include both a belay line and harness (ideally a full body). None of the anchoring techniques shown in this video should ever be deployed in a real life emergency without first practicing them in a safe and controlled setting. Not every technique will work in every situation. The strength, integrity and therefore safety of a specific anchor is based on many variables. Having more than one option will only increase the probability of being able to escape a hostile environment without injury. Practice to the point where your moves become instinctive.
Video length: 10 min 20 secs. This video describes how to rig the Personal Escape System. Regardless of whether you assemble your own or purchase a commercially made escape system, it is essential that you practice to the point where you can deploy your system quickly and efficiently in the worst of all conditions. The system you carry should never be used for training - Only in a real life emergency. A second separate system should be set up specifically for training purposes.
Video length: 10 min 50 secs. This video demonstrates how a Personal Escape/Safety System can be used to rescue a victim - Whether the victim is a Civilian or a fellow Firefighter. It's important to note that Escape Systems are designed for a single use/single load application. The techniques shown in this video are meant to be used as a last resort to save lives when no other options are available.
Video length: 10 min 48 secs. This video demonstrates how a Personal Escape/Safety System can be used to rescue a victim - Whether the victim is a Civilian or a fellow Firefighter. It's important to note that Escape Systems are designed for a single use/single load application. The techniques shown in this video are meant to be used as a last resort to save lives when no other options are available. Consult your Training Officer before attempting or practicing any of these procedures.
Video length: 1 min 50 secs. A video about an 8-9 foot webbing loop which can be used as a hose line back pressure strap when working with larger hand lines, such as a 2-1/2". This application allows firefighters to loosen up their grip and use their body weight instead of their arms to control back pressure and nozzle reaction. The webbing can be employed by any or all firefighters staffing the line. It can be used either full length or doubled up. You will want to use the full length of the loop when wearing scba and routing the webbing behind your back.
Video length: 7 min 23 secs. This is the complete video showing how an 8-9 foot webbing loop can be used to rescue a Firefighter who has fallen through a hole in a floor or roof. For this technique to work, the integrity of the surrounding area must be strong enough to support the weight of the rescue attempt. Beyond the obvious, the trapped Firefighter must be as familiar with this tactic as the Rescue Team - Including the options and requirements for a rapid and successful deployment.