Madison FD Wins CMC Rescue MPD!

  Congratulations to the Madison WI,  Fire department for  recently winning a new  CMC Rescue MPD  (Multi-Purpose Device). Desert Rescue Research conducted a promotion that ran February through March this year with the chance to win a new 13mm MPD. No purchase was required to enter the drawing. The Madison (WI) Fire Department purchased 18 Technical Rescue Field Operation and had 18 entries in the DRR random drawing.  The Madison FD entry was randomly picked in a drawing that was held on Friday, … Continue reading

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CMC MPD Drawing

Thanks for all of the interest. The CMC Rescue Multi Purpose Device is an awesome new rescue tool. We had 68 entries so the odds are really good. We will randomly draw the winner this Friday at AHS Rescue in Phoenix. Stay tuned.

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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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Win a new CMC MPD

We started a promotion on Feb 14, 2012 to give a way a new CMC 13mm MPD. The CMC MPD is a game changing device for rescue teams everywhere. The CMC MPD Simplifies operations, reduces the amount of equipment required and is NFPA G rated. See all the details here.

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Demo AZ Vortex for testing

I just received a Demo AZ Vortex from CMC to use for testing. I plan to do some backyard testing with the Vortex and belay lines. One concept I hope to demonstrate safety gained by suspending the belay line from a set of fours at the vortex head. This protects the rescuer during the transition over the edge. More to follow.

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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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Main print run is in!

Good news if you have been waiting for Edition 4 of the Essential Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide. The main print run arrived in town today (4500 copies). I will pick them up in the morning and start shipping out my back orders. Thanks to those of you who have been patiently waiting. Books are on the way!

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Edition 4 temporarily out of stock

Wow! 480 advance copies came in last tuesday. I shipped them all out on wednesday to waiting customers. I am still backordered 200. the good news is that 4500 more should be in next week and there should be no interruption in supply from that point. In the mean time, you can pre-order (save $5) and you will have your guide before the end of august. Also, I have two multimedia tutorials up. I plan to work hard to add … Continue reading

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Edition 4 is finally here!

Welcome to Desert Rescue Research. Edition 4 of The Essential Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide arrives today from the printer. I am finally going to start shipping. This is a very big update! Full Color illustrations Nearly all illustrations completely revised at a much higher quality level. 40 pages added The Arizona Vortex The CMC MPD The Rock Exotica “AZTEK Elite Pro” Edge kit and Set of Fours High angle offsets Highlines And much more This website is being completely … Continue reading

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