At this year’s Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC) we were selected, along with our friends from PMI/VRS, to offer our Advanced Tower Rescue Class as one of the Hands On Training (H.O.T) programs.         This was a great experience thanks to a great group of instructors, and a…(Read More)

Trying to decide if you need an on-site rescue team for your upcoming confined space work? The best way to begin is by looking at the law, since OSHA regulations are the law within most jurisdictions. So, what does the law say?  In the case of confined space safety, we are looking specifically at…(Read More)

Across the country “tower” type rescues are becoming more and more common.  Accordingly, there is a growing need for local rescuers to be aware of these sites in their response areas, pre-plan for different rescue scenarios, and train their specialized rescue personnel to the appropriate level in order to facilitate the rescue in a…(Read More)

A quick mini rigging physics talk. So if I told you we were going to do a test on a 4:1CD MA system and a 6:1CD MA system, and we were going to raise a 100lb load and then do it with a 200lb load…..which would you choose as the system that…(Read More)

Kong Drop Test


We shot this video during one of our SPRAT classes after a discussion started about how well the Kong Backup would arrest on the victim’s loaded line during the rescue scenario. These tests were simple with spare gear we had, and were not very scientific. It appears to us that the Kong is not…(Read More)

Tower Rescue Courses


Have you attended one of the tower classes we offer? We have worked with several hosts to bring our 8 hour Basic and Advanced Tower Rescue Programs, along with our 40 hour Tower Rescue Technician program to the Chicagoland area. All of these are great programs are geared for technical rescue professionals who are looking…(Read More)

Elevated Safety Product Review: Rock Exotica Omni Pulley If you have not added any of the Rock Exotica Omni line of pulleys to your gear cache, you must enjoy punishing yourself. While we have several other pulleys in the gear bag, we try to leave them for the ground crews to use. If you have…(Read More)