Remote Connection/Line Capture. Expanded Opportunities…(Skills Required)

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Presenter: Michael Croslin | Webinar | 

This PMI webinar is an update and review of the applications and general guidelines for line capture/Reach device in swiftwater rescue. Presented by Michael Croslin, owner of Crossline Solutions, he will also demonstrate and discuss the development of the Integrated Reach protection system and its expanded performance applications in moving water. This webinar will encourage an open collaborative discussion of the challenges in disseminating and encouraging curriculum updates and training protocols that promote clear and safe guidelines for effective adoption and responsible use of this exciting new approach in swiftwater rescue. Topics will include the new Integrated Reach Belt/Throwbag/Tagline system, The Reach Device, Entrapments, Pins, Sieves, Hydraulics, Catcher Mitt Eddies and new approaches to extrication. Additional topics that will be covered are: developing new downriver protection strategies, establishing cross river lines, stream crossings, gear retrieval and establishing remote connection to wrapped boats in extreme environments and Creeker or extreme kayaker or boater strategies using the Reach system. Specific examples and results of field testing by extreme boaters will also be discussed. Additionally, Michael will relate feedback from many early adopters that have developed new techniques and strategies based on remote connection/line capture. New collaborative ideas will be encouraged and welcomed, specifically, how this new technology is being used worldwide to improve rescuer and boater safety and to speed deployment of rope based systems in the river setting.

To Knot or Not to Knot?

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 
Any knot tied in a rope will reduce the strength of the rope at that point – but how much? Should knots really be used in life safety applications such as fall protection, rescue, and rope access? This presentation will discuss a variety of knots and their efficiency, and will explore the question of whether it is appropriate to use knots in life safety ropes. Other alternatives, such as splicing, swaged eyes, and sewn terminations will also be explored.

Down on the Farm: Grain Bin Rescue Basics Using the TerrAdaptor™ Tripod

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Presenter: Tom Wood | Webinar | 
Join VRS™ by PMI Program Manager Tom Wood for this one hour webinar addressing the challenges of accessing and rescuing someone trapped in a grain storage bin.

Rural rescuers are witnessing an alarming trend on commercial farms; a dramatic increase in the number of grain bin entrapments. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly half of all grain bin entrapments result in fatalities. In 2010, nearly thirty people lost their lives in grain bins.

As a result, OSHA issued a formal warning to grain handling and storage facility owners on February 1, 2011, stating “If any employee dies in a grain storage facility, in addition to any civil penalties proposed, OSHA will consider referring the incident to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution pursuant to the criminal provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.”

Some of the latest techniques and PMI equipment (such as the TerrAdaptor™ used as a portable high directional anchor) for Grain Bin Rescue will be discussed, as well as the many objective dangers facing rescuers attempting to access and rescue a trapped worker.

Heavy Climbers

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Presenter: Chuck Weber | Webinar | 

We’ve all seen those UIAA test numbers attached to new climbing ropes or in catalogs. But did you know that those IMPACT FORCE and NUMBER OF FALLS HELD figures are based on using an 80-kg test mass dropped on the rope in the laboratory? In this webinar we’ll briefly go over all the basic UIAA testing details.

But, if you weigh more than that 80 kg (176#) test weight, where does that leave you? When you take that hard fall, could you be subjecting yourself and your gear to possibly unsafe loads? Serious questions indeed, but they’re not directly addressed by the UIAA testing results. To better understand this possible safety issue, PMI conducted a series of 39 special drop tests in our UIAA replicate Drop Tower and we’ll share those results with you in this webinar as well.

Overcoming GRAVITY – Choosing a Rope for Safety

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Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | 

Life safety rope is available in such a variety of diameters, materials, and constructions… how do you choose what’s right for you? This presentation will cover some of the finer points of rope selection, including test methods, interpretation of data, and both objective and subjective considerations in choosing the best rope for your application. Rope is not a commodity, and details do make a difference. By the end of this webinar you will have a better grasp on analyzing specifications and product labels to help you choose the best product for your needs. Loui McCurley, you presenter for this webinar, offers perspective gained from personal experience in rescue, fall protection, rope access, and recreational climbing, as well as testing and evaluating mechanisms of failure of life safety rope.

In-House Emergency Response

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Presenter: Robert Gowder | Webinar | 

Robert Gowder will be presenting PMI’s latest webinar on “In-House Emergency Response”. This webinar will focus on how to best prepare workers – not professional rescuers – for post fall rescue and retrieval. Emphasizing “P.R.E. planning”, the presentation will cover Personnel, Rescue and Equipment on the jobsite. Robert is PMI’s Account Manager for the Northern United States.

Every Rescuer Should Know Their ABCDE’s: A Disciplined Approach for Conducting Rope System Safety Checks

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Presenter: Jeremy Metz | Webinar | 
A common practice in rope rescue is to conduct a “safety check” of the rigging in a rope system prior to placing a human load on it. The purpose and value of safety check is well documented in various technical rope rescue textbooks and is even is a job performance requirement in NFPA 1006, Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications. However, these references often only present general guidelines and they do not present a disciplined approach to conducting a safety check. This free PMI® Webinar will present a disciplined approach developed by West Metro Fire Rescue’s (Lakewood, CO) Technical Rescue Team as one way to conduct a system safety check.