A + A 2017
It’s that time again when ISC heads out to Dusseldorf, Germany for A+A 2017! The show takes place in Messe Duesseldorf, from 17-20 October.
Taking place every two years, A+A is one of the largest Health & Safety shows in the world, with close to 1900 exhibitors catering for all industries. A+A attracts over 65,000 visitors during its four days and ISC will be there! This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a focus on safety, security and health at work. These themes will be well represented with the latest products and developments in the world of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Health & Safety Equipment (HSE).
Exhibitor stands will be complimented by a variety of special shows and supporting programmes via “A+A Live”. This will include product demonstrations by industry experts and a forum environment to ask questions and share best practice.
Specialist access, rescue and working at height equipment is a pivotal part of workplace safety and we are excited to be displaying our latest range of products, so be sure to come and visit us at Hall 6, Stand D24.
For show information & registration, click here.
ISC Partnership with TAGS goes from Strength to Strength
Last year ISC confirmed an exciting collaboration with UK & Netherlands based company TAGS Systems Ltd. The partnership has gone from strength to strength with TAGS endorsing ISC products to complete their latest range of military & tactical equipment.
TAGS was established in 2010 by Safe Tactics BV, in response to the growing need for innovative and quality equipment, in the field of Boarding and Urban Access. Thanks to the expertise and experience of former operators and ex-military, TAGS were able to develop products that could cope in any situation and in the harshest of environments.
TAGS climbing equipment has been carefully selected to provide safety and effectiveness for its users and their missions. ISC are proud that TAGS consider our range of Descenders, Back-up Devices, Pulleys and Karabiners to be more than up to this task- so much so, they put their name on it! Utilising our respective expertise, TAGS and ISC will continue to produce some exciting new product developments in the future, reinforcing our partnership and reputation in the market.
To coincide with the launch of the TAGS 2017 Winter Magazine, TAGS will be exhibiting at DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International), at the ExCel London (UK) from 12-15 September. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience TAGS impressive range of military & tactical equipment first hand at the show- visit TAGS at stand N7-385.
For DSEI Show information & Registration:
For more information on TAGS and to view their Winter 2017 catalogue, please click the link below:
Fire & EMS Competition 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)
Vertical Technical Rescue
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!
HaulerBiner Compact Rescue Kit
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
Dr Jut Wynne uses ISC equipment on latest expedition
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.
D4/D5 Descender Wear Indicator Inspection
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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