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This week we chat with Mac Northeast the inventor of the Mac Pro and the Ladder Safe Leash. We chat about how these products came about, one from an accident Mac witnessed, the testing process and the evolution of the products. If you are keen to get your hands on them check out. www.mac-pro.com.au and Ladder Safe Leash on Face book.…
 
0:08 What is GRIMP? 1:43 How GRIMP North America came to be. 13:33 Training for provided CMC gear. 16:45 What was it like to be a participant at the first GRIMP North America? 19:30 How did GRIMP change the way you operate afterwards? 24:45 If given the opportunity, would you participate in the event again? 25:40 What's in the works for GRIMP North…
 
This week we sit down with Ali Rugg, to talk about the reality of working away in rope access, it could be on regular swings , shut down work or just stand alone projects.How do you deal with it and how it affects family. Ali and I have known each other for nearly 3 decades, so a little trip down memory lane was inevitable.…
 
0:07 Introductions 0:48 How does CMC decide what products to develop and focus on? 5:10 What does the development process look like once you decide what products to pursue? 10:18 Can you talk about the design and engineering process for the CLUTCH? 14:00 The challenges that come from the variability of rope. 15:00 Ware testing 18:14 How did you go …
 
Episode Notes: 0:20 Dr. John Madigan introduction and background. 2:20 What got you into the animal rescue portion of this field after you became a veterinarian? 7:30 Background and uses of the Anderson Sling 11:25 Large Animal Lift sling 12:15 The Loops System 14:48 Training and maintaining proficiency with the Loop System 18:18 Is it necessary or…
 
This week we sit down with Willie Johnstone and chat about rope access through the 80's, 90's to today. Willie is an Auditor, Assessor and consultant for companies. These chats are so real even his grandfather clock gets to chime in. The question is why didn't Willie want to jump in the Delorean to go back to where it started? Great chat with anoth…
 
1:17 Real people vs manikins? 9:16 Do you know of people who still use manikins? 10:24 Confined space training and realistic spaces - are you training as you would conduct a real rescue? 11:58 Who do you contact to get access to real spaces to training in? 17:40 What is the purpose of training and what are the different goals? 19:38 Are you learnin…
 
This week we sit down with Richie Spence. Richie has gone from a Level 2 who didn't want to take the responsibility of being a Level 3 all the way through to Technical Authority to Evaluator, and IRATA Auditor. A great chat about how rope access can take you to places you didn't imagine, if you are willing to put in the work and take opportunities …
 
Topics 1:46 What would you say makes a rescue 'backcountry' as opposed to something else? 6:02 Volunteer retention in SAR? 13:40 Easy in, easy out. 17:50 MRA competency. 22:32 Maintaining competency and standards. 27:00 How do you test competency? How do you design tests so that people aren't just training to pass the test. 30:55 Who supplies medic…
 
3:39 Dale, what was your first exposure to bailout systems? 9:35 When you started off making procedures and figuring out how to do bailout in the 90's, was it mostly trial and error? 15:43 LeRoy, What was your first exposure to bailout? 19:42 Dale, do you remember your first solid bailout kit? 21:48 Dale, are you an escape belt guy or a harness in …
 
Keeley is a second generation welder and IRATA rope tech, having found some great support at Women Building Futures in Alberta, Canada, Keeley has kicked down some doors and created a great future for herself and her kids, She is now passing the baton to her daughter as a IRATA level 1, the first mother daughter rope techs I have found in IRATA. Gr…
 
Join the Conversation Please email us with questions or comments about this topic at podcast@cmcpro.com Important Warning: Many of the activities discussed in this podcast pose a very substantial risk of serious injury or death. Products and techniques discussed in this podcast are intended for use by specially trained professionals. Technical resc…
 
Links 4:00 YouTube Video - Vortex drop 2012 Paper - 2007 ITRS Presentation on Belay Line Tests with Vortex "Again.....Are you REALLY on Belay" (part 2) - Reed Thorne from Ropes that Rescue 6:20 YouTube Video: Rope Rescue Systems Testing - Main/Belay (Back-up) Failures Kirk Mauthner Sharp Edge Testing in - EMBC Rope Rescue NIF Equipment Testing Summ…
 
This week i had the pleasure of sitting down with Charlie, this is where it all started for me back in '98. Charlie on the other hand has been on the ropes since the 80's. Developing his own techniques to ensure having a back up and using an Orange Chair??? A few trips down memory lane for me in this one. 2 mates having a chat. Hope you like it.…
 
1:18 There's no difference between NFPA and non-NFPA rated gear. 10:05 What are some of the portions of NFPA testing and inspecting? 17:25 Clarifying semantics of NFPA 'certified' vs 'classified' or 'compliant'. 25:24 What is the evolution of the testing process? 28:47 What gear is exempt from being NFPA compliant? 30:17 Evolution of the standards …
 
0:50 Myth 1: NFPA requires steel carabiners for use. 4:15 Myth 2: If you drop aluminum hardware it will develop microscopic cracks. 10:13 What do we do about the fire departments that say we have to use steel carabiners? How do we educate them that there's other ways to go? 15:57 Myth 3: We have to use G rated gear. 18:22 Myth 4: Your belay line ha…
 
2:12 Myth 1: When you have a screw gate carabiner in the vertical axis you must always have it so the gate opening is at the bottom. 5:30 Myth 2: When you have two carabiners connected to the same thing the gates need to be opposite and opposed. 11:00 Myth 3: How you load webbing into an offset D carabiner. 15:18 Myth 4: No metal on metal. 21:58 My…
 
Topics: 1:00 Who is John McKently? 2:05 What do you see as the biggest changes that have taken place over your career? 4:45 Carabiner types and material evolution. 7:40 What did you do before CMC? 8:45 How did you get into rescue originally? 10:00 How many rescues over the years? 11:50 Changes in systems and hardware. 18:40 Camp crews and labor man…
 
Topics: 0:20 Are bowlines safe enough for rope rescue? 4:00 What makes a rescue knot a good knot? 7:30 What testing has been done and how strong are bowlines? 12:35 How do you define a bowline? 14:30 Is there a standard test for knots for cyclic loading? 16:40 Difference between a climbing knot and a rope rescue knot? 17:15 Anecdotal story of a bow…
 
Topics: What is the Belay Competency Drop Test? Brief history of past papers and arguments discussing the topic. How do you have a good test to test something where you have to let go of it to make it work? Is there a way to account for the human element? Is there a better test? If one line fails, is it still controllable? Where do you want your be…
 
Topics Should aerial ladders be used as artificial high directionals for rope rescue? Examples of when you might use an aerial ladder as an artificial high directional. Minimize the load, maximize the degree of aerial elevation, minimize aerial extension, keep the ropes distinct resultant and distinct with crane theory What other rope rescue scenar…
 
Topics Discussed What is rope access? Who governs RA? SPRAT https://sprat.org/ Does rope access belong in the fire service? Competence and particular skill sets vs full SPRAT certification. RAD ascent vs traditional ascent. Advantages of understanding what is happening in the world at large. Is it ok to teach someone to repel without teaching them …
 
Andy went from a shop assistant to starting the company that every rope tech in Australia wanted to work for. With the dream team of Laura, Denis and Andy, Vertech began. Could this really get you to a catamaran in the Caribbean? Have a listen to see if dreams can come true. And is that story of Andy and his shoe really true? can we belive everythi…
 
Topics Discussed: 1) Determining 'defined competencies' 2) Top Down Rescue Rescue vs team based operations Fire service vs industrial brigade 3) Maintaining proficiency for rescue vs team based competencies 4) Bottom Up Rescue (Tower type rescues) Maintaining the concept of fall arrest and work positioning Training for hazards in your area Should r…
 
After all the interest in the Singapore Special we discussed back in episode 43, we thought a chat about some tricks to help make for a quicker faster rescue. Kit list 3 cowstails, 1 Karabiner on each Descender, 1 Karabiner (no clutches or sirius) Hand ascender with a footloop 2 S Tec Duck R's 1 pulley 1 karbiner www.rattac.net…
 
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