Research and Testing with Reed Thorne

When I was deep into revising The Essential Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide, I realized I needed to go to the source to get help with AHD’s and other technical aspects of Rope Rescue. Reed Thorne of Ropes That Rescue invented the Arizona Vortex and he generously offered to share his expertise. After publishing edition 4, it was clear that some of the new concepts needed more explanation. So again, I asked Reed to help with some testing in order … Continue reading

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Suspension Trauma

The school of thought about suspension trauma is changing and more importantly, recommended treatment for suspension trauma is changing. Check out the new tutorial on suspension trauma.

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About The Cover Image

In this photo, a Tucon AZ rescuer rides a highline at the Phoenix Fire Department training academy. This was a training exercise in a 2006 AZ State instructor course. Friends and colleagues in the technical rescue industry have recently questioned the effectiveness of the rope system illustrated on the cover of Edition 4 of The Essential Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide. In question is the configuration of the tag lines shown on the carriage and what problems might result due … Continue reading

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