Check This Out - Freakin' Beacon

Check This Out - Freakin' Beacon

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.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISINFECTING YOUR EQUIPMENT - Petzl

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISINFECTING YOUR EQUIPMENT - Petzl

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.

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Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Rope Disinfection - Teufelberger

Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Rope Disinfection - Teufelberger

March 24, 2020

In the study we tested ropes made of different materials (Nylon, Polyester, Dyneema®). The ropes were disinfected one time by being submerged in a solution of 70% Isopropanol and 30% distilled water for 3 minutes and then left to air dry naturally for 48 hours before being tested for their residual strength.

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Rock Exotica - Enforcer Load Cell Recall

Rock Exotica - Enforcer Load Cell Recall

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.

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Confined Spaces Cause More Deaths in the USA

Confined Spaces Cause More Deaths in the USA

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.

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CMC 3D Descender Product Recall

CMC 3D Descender Product Recall

August 04, 2016

CMC has issued a recall on the 3D (300880) for Lot Numbers 16001 – 16203.

REQUIRED ACTION:

- Immediately remove any affected 3D products from service.

- Contact CMC Customer Support at (800) 235-5741, (805) 562-9120, or via email at recall@cmcrescue.com 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.

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Ask a Pro:  How did the NFPA come up with a 15:1 safety factor?

Ask a Pro: How did the NFPA come up with a 15:1 safety factor?

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.

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Ask a Pro: Pelvic Instability and Emergency Treatment

Ask a Pro: Pelvic Instability and Emergency Treatment

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!

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Information Regarding Possible Cracks On ASAP Lock

Information Regarding Possible Cracks On ASAP Lock

April 21, 2016

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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.

  • As described in the instruction for use, Petzl ASAP LOCK must be used with the ASAP’SORBER or the ABSORBICA L57. These two shock absorbers limit the dynamic forces to 5KN.  
  • In the worst case scenario, a cracked ASAP LOCK arm presents no additional risk to the user. 
  • However, the presence of such cracks in the arm requires immediate retirement of the ASAP LOCK. 

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Check this out! SureClip

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?

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Black Diamond Product Recall

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.

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Dynamic Rescue Systems is Headed to Alberta

January 15, 2016

CS Training - Rockies

Hosted by Spruce Grove Fire Rescue, we will be conducting a series of Confined Space Level 1 - Operations courses, starting in March 2016.

This is an awesome opportunity to get industry-leading training a little closer to home if you are east of the Rockies. 

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