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UKRO 2018

October 1st 2018

ISC has just returned from the United Kingdom Rescue Organization (UKRO) Challenge hosted by South Wales Fire & Rescue Service at the Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay. UKRO Challenge is the premier event for technical rescue within the UK and welcomes service men & women from across the Rescue Services.
Teams compete to demonstrate their skills and abilities in their respective disciplines, including:

- Vehicle Extrication
- Trauma Care
- Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
- Rope Rescue
- Water Rescue

Our very own Adam Davies – ISC Product Specialist, was invited as an assessor for the Rope Rescue element of the competition and consulted on the design of the different challenge scenarios. Due to the complex nature of the location, each scenario required careful planning and incorporated a Skills Test and Team Challenge. 

For the Skills Test, the mighty Arachnipod was deployed, to create a cable-way across the Roald Dahl Plass; its modular design allowing for both a Quad & Tri-pod configuration to clear railings on both sides. Using two Arachnipods in this way allowed for better management of the higher, resultant forces generated by a cable-way. Teams were then assessed on their ability to rig an English Reeve, followed by a stretcher rescue to a casualty injured below.

For the Team Challenge, the Atradius building provided access to a rooftop from which a rescue system needed be rigged.  A medic was lowered down the side of the building to rescue a casualty with multiple injuries. The casualty would need to be safely packaged and raised back up to the rooftop. To add an additional level of difficulty, team members were not allowed to touch any of the glass installation to the side of the building. The second part of the Team Challenge, saw competitors negotiate a casualty in a stretcher, vertically through a purpose-built, drill tower supplied by our friends at Crofton Engineering.

Fire & Rescue Services from South Wales, London, Leicester, Essex, Dorset & Wiltshire, West Midlands and Humberside, battled hard in what turned out to be a very close fought Rope Rescue Event. In the end, it was a home victory for South Wales FRS, who finished top, closely followed by West Midlands FRS in 2nd and Humberside FRS in 3rd.

A massive congratulations to all those who competed, but in particular to South Wales FRS on their fantastic performance.  Extra thanks to them for organizing this year’s event and making it so memorable, not just for the competitors, but for the public who were really able to engage with the action. The level of organization they showed and the way it was executed, made it one of the best UKRO Challenges to date.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, it’s over to you!

 

Blog gallery:

  • Crofton Drill Tower
  • Drill Tower Rescue
  • Arachnipod
  • Arachnipod
  • Cardiff Bay, home of UKRO 2018
  • Atradius Building
  • Atradius Building
  • UKRO Ceremony
  • SWFRS Winners
  • ISC Sponsor

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Skydriver takes on TITAN with ISC ZipSpeed Trolley

August 3rd 2018

We've been working to provide ZipWorld with Zip Trolleys for many years now and we've come to associate ZipWorld for their 'out of the box' thinking, when it comes to adventure and entertainment in North Wales.

Their latest stunt saw ZipWorld TITAN and host site LLechwedd Slate Caverns, teamed up with Day Insure Wales Rally GB Team, to create #Skydrive.  This world-first stunt involved rally driver Matt Edwards driving his rally car down the ZipWorld Alpha track.  Pretty awesome, yet standard...so far!

What came next was far from standard, to say the least!  Phase two of Matt's journey around the ZipWorld TITAN site involved sending Matt down the Zipline...whilst still in his car!  That's right...a car flying down a zipline!

Aided by a crane, the car was lifted in to position and attached to two of the four, parallel ziplines at the ZipWorld TITAN site and secured to four ISC ZipSpeed-L (RP076) Trolleys. 

You can see the awesome video footage of the actual stunt, in the main video below.  You can also click here for behind the scenes shots, showing how the ZipWorld, Llechwedd and DayInsure Rally GB team made #Skydrive happen!

Once again, we're left thinking, 'whatever next ZipWorld?'!

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Denny attends Bangor University Design Conference

August 1st 2018

We are very proud of our Chairman Denny Moorhouse, who recently attended the Product Design Conference, hosted by the University of Wales, Bangor.

The conference is held annually, the purpose of which is to inspire and educate the next generation of Product Designers and Engineers. With an emphasis on creativity & innovation within ‘real’ situations, the conference showcases individuals from Industry that represent and share these values.

Denny was invited as a guest speaker, to share in his enthusiasm and passion for product design and experience in engineering. Bangor University Design students were in attendance, as well as Design teachers and A Level students from various local schools.

Following the conference, Bangor University awarded Denny with the accolade of 'Most Inspirational Speaker', following feedback from those in attendance, agreeing Denny’s contribution best captured the spirit and philosophy of the conference.

Well done Denny!

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Beryl Meets the Queen!

June 28th 2018

We are extremely proud to report that her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II had the pleasure of meeting ISC employee, Beryl Williams at a recent garden party, held at Buckingham Palace.

Having worked at ISC for 16 years as CNC Operator & First Aider, Beryl received the invitation in recognition of her services and contribution to St. John’s Ambulance. Beryl has been a member of St. John’s for over 25 years and devoted over 20,000 hours of her time in volunteering and fundraising. Beryl has raised thousands of pounds for the charity, facilitating the purchase of much needed life-saving equipment, including an ambulance.

Her commitment to St. John’s, has meant Beryl has climbed to the rank of Bronze Commander and is also a Level 4 Officer and treasurer for her local area – Llanberis. This means she is in high demand across the region, providing First Aid support at various events, through-out the year, all on a voluntary basis.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Beryl and wish her good luck in her upcoming exams, where she is hoping to qualify as an Emergency Patient Transport Attendant.

Well done Beryl & Good luck!

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ISC Introduces New Serial Numbering

June 21st 2018

We are implementing a change to our product serial numbering. This change is purely to the format and will not affect the information conveyed by the serial number or its traceability.

There will be a transitional period, where both the old and new type serial numbers, will be in circulation both of which will remain fully traceable. The serial number marked on devices may appear differently, from the format shown in the user instruction manual (UIM).

We endeavour to have completed the transition to the new serial number by the end of 2018.

Details of the changes are outlined by the two examples below:


OLD TYPE Serial Number

YY/BBBBB/XXXX                              

YY= Year

BBBBB= Batch number

XXXX= Individual serial number

 

NEW TYPE Serial Number

YYBBBBBBXXXX

YY= Year

BBBBBB= Batch number

XXXX= Individual serial number

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GRIMP Day 2018

June 4th 2018

Grimp Day is held in Namur, Belgium every year and it has become the unofficial world championships for technical rope rescue.  Anyone can enter a team of 6 people, providing they have the necessary basic skills to complete the challenges. There are typically 4 scenarios, with each scenario designed to push competitors' skills.  Each scenario must be completed within the 1:30 time limit. 

Having previously competed at GRIMP 2017, as part of the Hong Kong Rope Union Rescue Team, Adam (ISC Product Specialist)'s next challenge was to choose team members for his own team this year.  Adam’s first step was to recruit Nick Croudace as team leader.  Nick is known for his leadership skills and experience as an IRATA Level 3 Assessor and a Rope Rescue Fireman, with Herfordshire Fire Brigade. 

Adam and Nick continued to assemble their dream team: Seb Kocijancic (IRATA L3 Trainer at Heightec London), Paul Beattie (IRATA L3 Trainer), Neil McLean (Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service), Andy McCheyne (Controller – Hampshire Fire & Rescue) and the team casualty, Emma Allen from Fletcher Stewart (ISC UK Distributor).  With that, ISC team Intervention Rescue was born!

Unfortunately, due the combination of team members’ schedules, it wasn’t possible to arrange any training sessions prior to the event, so the team relied solely their combined skills, and experience!

So they packed up the ISC van and headed to Namur.

The first full day favoured individual skills to complete the rescues and the team were able to complete these challenges fairly quickly with no penalty points given.   The average time for their rescues was 50 minutes, with only one scenario taking 1:20 to drag 3 people up a 50m bank and pack everything away.

We’re delighted to say that team Intervention Rescue placed 7th from a total of 36 teams!  The closing ceremony party took place in the fire station and the ISC Rope Intervention team members stayed out until gone 3am to celebrate their success! There were seven very tired faces, when the team to leave at 7:30 to catch the train home!!

“The team worked really well together and we’re all really keen to try other competitions- including our return to Grimp next year. We’re incredibly proud of our result, as we know that we were competing against some vastly experienced, competent and well-respected teams!”, said Adam.

Adam returned to a hero’s welcome at the ISC Factory…and hasn’t yet had to make his own cup of tea!

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April 27th 2018

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KT282 Rope Wrench SRT Kit - EN353-2 Compliant

April 24th 2018

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ISC ZipWorld VELOCITY 2 Trolleys launch!

March 22nd 2018

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D4PRO Work/Rescue Descender

March 21st 2018

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Deadweight Portable Anchors- NEW STANDARD Certification

February 6th 2018

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ZipSpeed Trolley at Far & Wide Sky Line Zip, Zimbabwe

January 3rd 2018

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