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Rope Fibre Type

SAR Tech Tip: Rope Fibre Types

Each rope fibre type has its own unique set of properties which rope manufactures take advantage of when constructing a rope. Ropes with a low specific gravity, such as polypropylene and high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE), will readily float in water. Nylon ropes have a higher elongation, or stretch, giving them better shock absorption capacity, […]

SAR Tech Tip: Trauma Shears

Trauma shears are an inexpensive, yet incredibly useful tool for every rope access or wilderness rescue technician. Much safer than using a knife whilst in suspension or fall arrest, trauma shears are a great general utility tool to cut through rope, webbing and cable ties. Care should be taken when cutting loaded synthetic fibre ropes […]

SAR Tech Tip: Sewn Prusiks

While it is common to hand tie prusiks, there is a case to be made for using, and potentially changing to sewn prusiks. The bend used in a hand tied prusik can be seen as a positive in regards to its ability to absorb some energy in the case of a dynamic event. However, a […]

Hardware Serial Numbers

How to Age your Gear Petzl Most current Petzl products will have the following serial number configuration, in which the first two numbers indicate the year of manufacture and the following letter indicates the month of manufacture. e.g. A = January, B = February, and so on: Petzl products made prior to 2016 may have […]

SAR Tech Tip: CMC AZTEK ProSeries System

The CMC AZTEK (AriZona Technician’s Edge Kit) is an incredibly versatile ‘set of fours’ that can be used in more than a hundred different roles and contexts. The AZTEK ProSeries System is the first AZTEK system to be NFPA certified for General Use, with an MBS of 38kN. What really sets the AZTEK system apart is […]

NFPA Standards

The National Fire Protection Association (nfpa.org) is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in the USA, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The NFPA develops (generally) non-binding standards across all areas of fire protection including rope rescue equipment & training. In 1983 the first NFPA rope […]

SAR Tech Tips: Petzl Grillon

The Petzl Grillon is most commonly known as a work position device (EN 358). However, this versatile device meets several other standards that often get overlooked. One of the standards the Grillon meets is EN 795: 2012 type B, meaning it can be used as a temporary anchor such as an anchor strap configuration, or […]

TAZ LOV2

Advanced Techniques: TAZ LOV2

The TAZ LOV2 has a number of specialised characteristics that set it apart from other rope devices. For starters, it is both an EN rated descender and an EN rated fall arrest device. However, the real standout feature of the LOV2 is the unique ability to install the device on a loaded rope; this capability […]

SAR Tech Tips: Rope Maintenance and Lifespan

In the vertical world, your ropes are literally your lifeline. It’s therefore critically important to know how best to care for your ropes, and how to tell when it’s time to retire them. Wash your rope Whether you’re in an industrial or wilderness setting, your ropes are going to get dirty. Dirt and other contaminants can drastically reduce the working life […]