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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!

Blog gallery:

  • Beryl
  • Beryl invite
  • Garden Party

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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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2018 ISC Pioneer Tree Climbing Competition

April 27th 2018

We're teaming up with distribution partner Rotter International/Pioneer X-Sport, to co-sponsor the ISC-Pioneer Tree Climbing Championship 2018.  The event will take place at the Hubei University, Wuhan, China 30 April to 01 May.

The event is organised by Hubei Leisure Sports Development & Research Association with support from Cave Rescue of China (CRC) & Central Expedition Team and attracts climbing competitors from a variety of disciplines and climbing backgrounds.

Recent graduates from the Pioneer X-Sport School of Tree Climbing, will also have their own competition, with the winners going through to compete in the 2018 Taiwan Tree Climbing Championship.

Entrants will be tested in the canopies as they compete to achieve the fastest times and highest scores. Events include Ascent, Work Climb, Speed Climb, Aerial Rescue and Throw-line. Only the top finishers will go through to the Masters Challenge and given the opportunity to win some fantastic ISC Tree-Inforced Prizes.

We will also be using the event as the launch of our new Phlotich Hitch-minding Pulley and new Rope Wrench SRT (EN353-2 Compliant) kit.

We wish all the competitors the very best of luck!

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KT282 Rope Wrench SRT Kit - EN353-2 Compliant

April 24th 2018

We're delighted to announce the return of Rope Wrench SRT to the German market.

We recently carried out a full re-evaluation of the Rope Wrench system, following a request by a German Insurance Organisation and the German Market Surveillance Organisation. That re-evaluation has allowed us to improve our overall offering including our test data and user instruction manuals.

 

In Germany these organisations manage and control insurance issues for Working Arborists. They offered us critical feedback on our Rope Wrench system, which we took very seriously. After a number of positive discussions and meetings we have implemented their recommendations which were primarily:
 
1. To provide further test data for the entire system, according to relevant European Standards, in order to prove that it is ‘fit for purpose:
 
We have had several combinations of components independently tested at CE Test Laboratory, SATRA.  Tests were carried out according to EN353-2 ‘Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Guided type fall arresters including a flexible anchor line'. 

These three combinations passed all of the tests:

1.  ISC Standard Kit

2.  STEIN Kit

3. Courant Kit

2. To further develop our user instruction manuals:
 
We have updated our user manual to include the relevant test data and combined several manuals into one document, which is available in a printed format and as a download in various languages. 

 The above kits are now fully CE Compliant.  The ISC Standard kit is the first to launch, with advance orders now being accepted, for delivery in June.

Photos show ISC Standard Kit: Yale Kernmaster 11mm rope, Yale Bee-Line Blue 10mm Hitch Cord (tied in 4VT+2), KT280 Rope Wrench with Twin-leg Tether, RP282 Phlotich Pulley, KH204SS Karabiner (Supersafe triple-action gate).

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RP282 Phlotich Hitch-minding Pulley

April 24th 2018

We're delighted to introduce our new Phlotich Hitch-minding Pulley, a new multi-aperture device specifically designed for SRT and DdRT Climbing systems.  The Phlotich is available in a range of colours, with a choice of Bushings or Bearings.


Phlotich Features & Benefits

Profiled side plates capture the host line, allowing for a reduction in host line movement

Sideplates mate perfectly parallel allowing for a 'clean' connection to the anchoring Karbiners.  The mated sideplates also allow for seamless use of a 'Twin Leg' Tether in SRT climbing with a Rope Wrench.  This reduces clutter and allows proper alignment of the hitch, pulley and tether on the anchoring Karabiner (in a Rope Wrench set up)

Lower anchor aperture will allow for full Karabiner rotation

Dual Karabiner Alignment- when used with Doubled Rope Climbing, the Phlotich allows the two anchoring Karabiners to be aligned efficiently on one pulley, instead of separating to two separate anchors

Unique 'Kidney' aperture:

  • allows for a wide variety of Karabiner connector shapes and will allow rotation of any Karabiner (including ANSI gate). 
  • allows for multiple Karabiner connections at one time
  • allows for a Karabiner to 'centre' itself depending on where the load is applied- and allows Karabiners to 'self centre' during climbing manoeuvers, which is helpful with DdRT climbing when climbing up to a 'large limb'
  • allows for a perfect spot to anchor a 'Sternal' anchoring device (Karabiner, hook, Chestie, etc.) for use in SRT climbing on ascent with a Rope Wrench.  This connector in the 'Kidney' aperture will self align to the most efficient spot and can be removed and attached easily
  • allow the efficient use of the Pulley as a 'trolley' and allows for self alignment of an anchoring Karabiner in the 'Kidney' aperture when used in this configuration.
  • The Phlotich can be used effectively for 'Double Crotching' or setting up efficient mechanical advantage systems due to the multiple attachment points and the ability for multiple Karabiners anchored in the 'Kidney' aperture.

For technical information, please see downloads below

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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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INSPECTION NOTICE: KH260 Karabiner

February 16th 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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