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Fire & EMS Competition 2017

August 14th 2017

The Fire & EMS Competition took place this weekend (11-13 August) at the New River Gorge, (West Virginia, USA).  Nicknamed 'Battle in the Gorge', this scenario based competition was created to bridge the gap, between training and the real world!

The event weekend was made up of five separate scenario-based competitions, in the following disciplines:  

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Auto Extrication
Vertical Technical Rescue
Paramedic
Top Gun (combined disciplines)

The competitors comprised mostly of Professional Firemen, Paramedics, EMT's, Volunteer Firemen and Volunteers for the various municipal Technical Rescue Teams as well as full time Tech Rescue and Rope Rescue Specialists.

Rich (ISC North American Sales Manager) was approached at the FDIC show last February by the leader of the Jefferson County (Ohio) Heavy Rescue Team (B Team), to see if he had any interest in potentially joining their team for this comp.  Of course, Rich jumped at the chance! 

Rich's team competed in both the Vertical Technical Rescue and Top Gun comps.  The team comprised of a Paramedic (to run all victim care), multiple EMTs (with Technical Rope Experience), Riggers (to set anchors) and the Team Chief (Incident Management and overall in charge).  Rich's main job was to Rig and set anchors on this team and he also had a hand in victim care as well as helping to develop the overall rescue plan.  

The first task for Richand the team were the six gruelling team building exercises, which took place on the Friday evening.  "The team building exercises were designed to get the competitive juices flowing and to get the hearts pumping!  This was a cardio vascular burn out that would tax even the fittest person", said Rich.  50' Vertical Hauls, Team Traverse exercises, Victim Packaging and Hauling, as well as other fun tasks emphasised speed and teamwork. 

The first 'incident'  for the team to respond to respond to was an injured (and drunk) victim on a set of rocks beneath a bridge over the Red River.  Also to be dealt with was an overly hysterical civilian on the bridge who witnessed the incident and was doing everything she could to cause distraction.  The team was tasked to build a safe and suitable anchor for descent, get an EMT to the victim to provide initial care and package them for extrication.  Then haul the victim to the bridge deck to be packaged in a Stokes basket to move to the awaiting ambulance.  
The teams used a combination of the D5 Work/Rescue Descender and HaulerBiner Compact Rescue kit, to effect the rescue.


"We finished 3rd in the Vertical Technical Rescue event this year, but I can guarantee that with a full year ahead of training together we will crush this one next year :)", Rich assures us! (and we'll hold you to that Rich!).

The Top Gun event required the team to respond to a multiple injury situation at a grain silo.  On the lower deck of the silo was a victim who had fallen during descent and crushed their pelvis.  To make things more interesting there was a second victim on top of the silo who was suffering from Heat Stroke. The team had to correctly respond to the lower victims situation (Rich & Co. were one of 2 teams that did not have the lower victim die) and then diagnose and respond to the upper victims medical condition and rig a system to get the victim to the ground.

"All told, the event was incredibly fun and highlighted the need for teamwork and for specialisation of skills.  I actively look forward to competing again next year", said Rich.  "I'd also like to thank the dedicated Technicians who volunteered their time to compete in and/or organise such a fantastic event". 

For more information, photo and video from the event, click here visit the Fire & EMS Competition VW Facebook page!

 

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  • Rich's fellow team T-Shirts at 'Battle in the Gorge'!

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HaulerBiner Compact Rescue Kit

July 18th 2017

The HaulerBiner Compact Rescue Kit is a lightweight, compact and simple to use/deploy. The HaulerBiner is fully rated for lifting people.

The HaulerBiner has three  pulley wheels incorporated into each Karabiner, creating a compact and lightweight 6:1 or 7:1 Mechanical Advantage system. The HaulerBiner also has a purpose-designed progress capture cam with, an ‘on/off’ position.  The HaulerBiner utilises purpose-developed 6mm (1/4") rope, for strength and easy handling/best grip.  The kit is supplied in a two-pouch bag, for easy deployment.

The HaulerBiner is load rated to 140kg (310lbs) but it has an MBS of at least 16kN/3500lbs tested as a complete system.  Kits are available in three standard lengths; 105cm (41"), 165cm (65") or 300cm (118"), with custom lengths available on request.  The length of the system, when fully contracted is only 32cm (12")!

The HaulerBiner can be used in a number of ways:

- As part of a pick-off system

- On a structure, pull down on the system and achieve a 6:1 (theoretical) MA

- When suspended in a harness, pull up on the system and achieve a 7:1(theoretical) MA

- With a D4/D2 Descender, as part of a short-haul / long-lower system

- As a tensioning system for short/low load lines

- As a stretcher management device, using two or more HaulerBiners to easily change or adjust the orientation of the stretcher

 

 


 

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Dr Jut Wynne uses ISC equipment on latest expedition

July 12th 2017

Dr Jut Wynne is a conservation biologist who has bushwhacked through the jungles of Belize, rappelled into the deepest volcanic pit on Hawaii, endured the world’s driest desert in Northern Chile, used cutting edge instruments on board NASA Aircraft and has travelled to the most remote inhabited place on earth, Easter Island.  We’re keenly following Jut’s expeditions, as he puts a range of our hardware through its paces, in some of the very harshest, intriguing and beautiful environments, in his worldwide exploits.

Jut is kitted out with a range of our gear, including the D5 Work/Rescue Descender (for 12” Rope), RAD Rope Adjustment Device for Work Positioning, Ultra-safe Hand Ascender, Chest Ascender and an assortment of Karabiners.  Jut’s latest adventure is to the caves of Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves, Andalusia in Southern Spain.  At sixty meters below ground, Jut researches a host of cave-dwelling, insect communities.

Photo's left to right: Jut's equipment before dispatch.  Rogelio Ferrer and Jut returning after sampling a cave near Las Naves, Sierra de las Nieves - Credit Eulogio Pardo-Igúzquiza.  Large limestone fissure leading into one of the study caves, Sierra de las Nieves - Credit Jut Wynne.  Rogelio Ferrer and Jut at 60 m below southern Spain, Sierra de las Nieves - Credit Jut Wynne.  A selfie of Jut prior to descending a 40 m vertical shaft, which is also the largest known bat hibernacula in Sierra de las Nieves - Credit Jut Wynne.  This spider species was observed in four of the seven caves sampled (possibly of family Clubionidae) - Credit Jut Wynne.  Harvestmen (of the arachnid Order Opilones) observed in the twilight zone of one of the study cave - Credit Jut Wynne.  Snails and/or snail shells were observed in three of seven caves samples. This one is translucent and may be cave adapted - Credit Jut Wynne.

 

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D4/D5 Descender Wear Indicator Inspection

July 4th 2017

We are often asked how to inspect D4/D5 Work Rescue Descenders for wear.  Here Adam shows how to perform a wear inspection and how to identify when your device needs to be retired from service.

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NEW ClimbTech BANTAM Beam Slider

May 19th 2017

We're pleased to announce that the NEW Climbtech BANTAM Beam Slider is now available.  The BANTAM is a removable and reusable sliding I-Beam Anchor, which is easy to place, adjust and move.  The anchor is designed to easily slide along the beam, trailing the worker. This new, improved Slider features an increased adjustable width and an improved adjustment mechanism, which is simple to use, even when wearing gloves!  The Paw inserts are made from a self-lubricating Silicone Bronze Alloy, which is designed not to bind on the beam.  The BANTAM can be used over-head and at foot level (please reference User Manual) and is fitted with a swivel eye, which rotates through 360 degrees. 

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Product Upgrade- ZIPPEY

May 16th 2017

ISC products are constantly evolving and since the first launch of Zippey more than 3 years ago, we have gathered feedback from zip operators from all around the world and fed them into an engineering review. This review has specifically been driven by a number of concerns about the variation in performance/longevity of the Zippey trolleys returned by various customers/test sites around the world. We know that different sites around the world have very different environments (humidity, coastal locations, sandy environments...etc.) and these have significant effects on the bearings.

 

Review Findings

1. Cable:  Cable Construction is a key factor.  Coarse cable can be of significant detriment to the longevity of the trolley and especially the bearings.  There is a reasonable correlation between the coarseness of the cable ('6 x 25' cables being the worst cable type), and the life of the bearing.

We like to use the analogy of having a Ferrari and driving it on a cobbled street! You just wouldn’t!  A Ferrari should be driven on smooth highways...and Zippeys (and all Zip Trolleys) like to run on smooth cables!

 

2.  Bearings:  Our investigation into the quality and type of bearings that we use found that they needed to be sourced directly from a reliable, specialist manufacturer to ensure consistent quality.  After all, the bearings are the critical component in the trolley!

We consulted with a bearing specialist from Schaeffler (a German bearing manufacturer) and their recommendations enabled us to select the most suitable bearing for the Zippey. The bearing also has a specific seal type (recommended by the Applications Engineer), to reduce the effect of corrosion.  The use of this specific seal means that the Bearing doesn't need to be maintained or re-greased.

The bearing has an RPM (also known as 'Limiting Speed') of 20,000rpm, which will allow an optimum max theoretical speed of 70mph/113kph (based on a wheel diameter of 30mm (1 3/16").

3. Wheels: The advice from the bearing specialist also confirmed that the bearing housing (the wheel), should be of a sufficient hardness to support the bearing. We have therefore increased the hardness of our wheels, so that they are hard enough to resist any deformation during use and to provide adequate support for the bearing. We have switched to a special type of Stainless Steel which provides an outstanding combination of high strength and optimal mechanical properties, suited to the typical range of operating temperatures. This material also provides excellent corrosion resistance. Although in very harsh environments, it may gradually develop overall light rusting and pitting, this superior material is vastly superior to the standard Heat-treatable Stainless Steels. 

As part of the design review, consultation with wire cable specialists and LEEA, lead to a consensus of opinion that the harder wheel material would not result in a detrimental effect on the wire cable-  in fact, the hardness of the new wheels is still comparable with competitor trolleys.

The new wheel material is designed to be factory-hardened, as the material must be hardened after the machining process.  This hardening process results in an iridescent (purple/bronze) coloured finish to the surface of the wheel.  This is a normal effect of this superior material and treatment.

The integral design of the Zippey remains unchanged and we're still using a double row of bearings for stability during flight, (single bearings can cause the trolley to try to climb the cable which results in uneven wear to one side or the other).

 

Other upgrades to the Zippey Range include:

NEW Bumper Material
Flat end bumpers are now made from an impact resistant Polymer which has significantly increased the wear resistance when impacting an end stop/braking system.

Improved Gate-closure Spring
The new design of the Stainless Steel gate-closure spring offers improved durability/life span, whilst offering the same, positive functionality allowing the Zippey to be easily mounted/dismounted.

Re-greaseable Version  DISCONTINUED
The version with the greaseable bearings have been made obsolete by the above improved bearings & seals and will therefore be discontinued.

NEW Bumper-mounted Grab Bracket
We will be launching a version with bumper-mounted grab bracket, for use with Trolley-retaining braking systems...coming soon!

 

 

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