June 05, 2020
The "Freakin' Beacon"
User feedback was the driving force behind this design, Koehler BrightStar tells us, and it was important to have a product that was lightweight, durable and bright.
Weighing in at just 97 grams (yes, that includes 2x AAA batteries) and less than 7cm long, this unit is amazingly powerful for its small size.
April 17, 2020
During the current COVID-19 crisis, many of you have sent us questions on how to disinfect your equipment. Here are the basics that you need to know.
March 24, 2020
December 16, 2016
A user had an Enforcer connected to a steel cable, or wire rope. As the cable was loaded it unwound, twisting the Enforcer’s swivel eye and the friction generated unscrewed the bolt holding the swivel and it came apart.
September 08, 2016
"Two men were pulled, unresponsive, from a 25' manhole by emergency services."
"Two brothers, in their 20's, were recovered from a crude oil tanker that they had been tasked with cleaning."
In the last few months there have been at least two tragic incidents in the US resulting in loss of life, another reminder of just how dangerous confined spaces can be.
August 04, 2016
- Immediately remove any affected 3D products from service.
- Contact CMC Customer Support at (800) 235-5741, (805) 562-9120, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate the return process.
- Return the 3D directly to CMC for a no-cost full replacement of the product. CMC will issue a call tag for pick-up of the item and cover all cost of shipping.
July 01, 2016
The first edition of the NFPA 1983 was originally intended to give requirements only for ropes used by the fire service. However, it quickly became apparent that requirements for all other rigging components - hardware, software, and harnesses - would also be needed. As NFPA 1983 has continued to undergo updates and revisions, the standard has grown to encompass a much broader range of equipment, now stipulating requirements for design, construction, and performance.
June 07, 2016
We've all heard of someone who "broke a hip." But what exactly does that mean? In fact, what exactly are the hips, how do they break, and what can we as first responders and rescuers do about it?
Not surprisingly this is a complex topic with a huge amount of anatomy and physiology involved as well as a lot of research, and sometimes conflicting opinions, on how best to treat.
This blog aims to give you a basic, but comprehensive overview of Pelvic Instability or Trauma. We'll examine the relevant Anatomy and Physiology, Epidemiology, Classifications, Signs and Symptoms, as well as Treatment options for patients suffering from Pelvic Trauma. Stay safe!
April 21, 2016
Information Regarding Possible Cracks on ASAP Lock
FACT: March, 30 2016 - During routine equipment inspections one customer detected cracks on the stainless steel arms on 3 ASAP LOCK units. These 3 defective products will be returned to Petzl for analysis.
March 23, 2016
One of the challenges with any rescue operation is striking a balance between safe rescue methods that workers can learn and remember when needed and a plan that covers and addresses every aspect of risk. How do you keep the rescuers safe, while making sure the rescue plan isn't so complicated that it takes 3 hours to make entry?
February 05, 2016
Black Diamond announced on 4 Feb 2016 that they would be doing a voluntary recall of a number of their carabiners and quickdraws manufactured between Dec 2014 and Jan 2016 citing that possible defects in the gate could lead to carabiner failure or malfunction.
Search & Rescue Training
Newly launched, the DRS/VRS partnership is proud to bring RRT1 and RRT2 to our offerings.
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