The 7 Summits

Presenter: Martin Barnett | Webinar | Martin Barnett speaks about his experiences in climbing the 7 highest summits on each continent!

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Rope Access, Fall Protection and OSHA: Regulatory Updates and You

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar | This presentation will outline recent updates to the recent OSHA Fall Protection Regulation as well as developments within the ANSI Z359 family of Fall Protection standards as relates to rope access. Presented by PMI’s Loui McCurley, who has been blazing new trails in safe work at height for over three…

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MRA 2017 Winter Business Meeting Review

Presenter: Bryan Enberg | Webinar |  The MRA just finished up another successful winter business meeting in Salt Lake City, and in case you weren’t able to attend, the MRA President will provide an overview of major meeting points and current projects during this webinar.

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My Life on the Line: 40 Years with PMI

Presenter: Nancy Aulenbach | Webinar | Join us as we celebrate PMI’s 40th anniversary with the product that started it all – the PMI® Pit Rope. Since this rope was created by cavers for caving, it seems only fitting that our webinar speaker is a caver. With over 44 years of cave exploring under her…

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When Angels Fall: Recent Accidents in Helicopter Rescues

Presenter: Charley Shimanski | MRA Webinar Series | While rescue mountaineers must strive at every turn to focus on the safety of their victims, they understandably must put their own safety first. Rarely, rescuers will be hurt, or even killed. This multi-media presentation will include a detailed discussion about the multitude of elements pertaining to…

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Spring and Summer Avalanches: Strategic Decisions for Mountain Rescuers

Presenter: Dale Atkins | MRA Webinar Series |  While most people think of avalanches as a winter danger, late spring and summer avalanches kill about 1 in 10 of all avalanche victims, and these accidents do not all happen on the big glacier-covered peaks of Alaska and Washington. Having awareness of wet snow instabilities is…

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MRA 2016 Winter Business Meeting Review

Multiple Presenters | Webinar | The MRA just finished up another successful winter business meeting in Salt Lake City, and in case you weren’t able to attend, the national officers will provide an overview of major meeting points and current projects. This year, largely thanks to Rocky Henderson’s work with our many incredible sponsors, the…

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The Mountain Rescue Association Mapping Platform

Multiple Presenters | Webinar | In this virtual training, participants will learn hands-on skills and discover geospatial resources that support their mission. This session is designed to help MRA Members and their partners: Review the 2015 Mission Data Collection Results Learn how to use the 2015 Mission Data Collection Portal Explore the use of GIS…

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Sharing Search and Rescue Stories

Presenter: Shaun Roundy | MRA Webinar Series | Author and university writing instructor Shaun Roundy discusses WHY to tell SAR stories (PSAR, inside training, public service, recruitment, fundraising, etc.), why NOT to, and teaches a dozen crucial writing tips to help your stories come alive and turn out top notch. Shaun Roundy has been a…

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Terrain Based Probability in SAR

Presenter: Matt Jacobs | MRA Webinar Series | Even though terrain can be important in determining subject behavior, its impact is often misunderstood or subject to personal intuition. Recent research has helped to quantify its effects and provide an evidence-based standard for assigning POA to streams, ridges and other terrain features. Learn about these new…

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Anchors Aweigh: Load Sharing Anchor Options

Presenter: Tom Wood | MRA Webinar Series | Anchors are a fundamental component of nearly every rope rescue system. But what options are available to the rescuer who is confronted with sub-optimal anchors or a fall line that just doesn’t jibe with a single anchor point? Load sharing anchors to the rescue! This presentation covers…

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Submersion Injuries: Drowning and Near Drowning

Presenter: Lindsey Myers | MRA Webinar Series |  Drowning remains a leading cause of death among children worldwide. This particular time of year, submersion injuries are common whether due to swift water incidents or accidents on the open water. Understanding who is most at risk for submersion injuries, the pathophysiologic effects of a submersion incident,…

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Above Ground Rescue VS Cave Rescue

Presenter: Debbie Spoons | MRA Webinar Series | Would your rescue team be effective during a cave rescue? What are your resources? Do you even need outside resources? This webinar will discuss the drastic differences between above ground rescues and underground rescues and the different resources available to you. Many rescue teams are literally caught…

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Using Social Media: Sharing Your Team as a Brand

Presenter: Bryan Enberg | MRA Webinar Series |  Social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress and Twitter have been around for more than a decade, yet it is still considered “new media.” This presentation will focus on how to integrate aspects of social networking into the marketing plan for your SAR unit. Social networks can…

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Revisiting Mission Reporting and Search and Rescue Mapping for the MRA

Presenter: Jon Pedder | MRA Webinar Series | More and more MRA teams are entering their missions into the ArcGIS mapping system at http://msar.maps.arcgis.com/home/ for both reporting and search plan assistance. This system is paid for all MRA teams as part of the organization’s initiative to generate useable statistics. Although data entry is very quick…

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Getting Involved with the MRA & 2015 Winter Business Meeting Review

Presenter: Shaun Roundy | MRA Webinar Series |  The Webinar Training Committee took a vacation in January and we’re back on February 10th with a review of the MRA Winter Business Meeting held in Salt Lake City this weekend. If you can’t attend, this webinar will fill you in on all the action you missed.…

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Mission Reporting and Search and Rescue Mapping for the MRA

Paul Doherty Jon Pedder Presenters: Paul Doherty & Jon Pedder | MRA Webinar Series |  The Mountain Rescue Association has access to a mapping system called ArcGIS Online http://msar.maps.arcgis.com/home/ and it has been configured for the MRA Mission Reporting initiative. We will cover how this is being used for mission reporting and how it could…

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Using the Lost Person Questionnaire

Presenter: Alan Wakefield | MRA Webinar Series |  The Lost Person Questionnaire is an important tool which has been in use for many years by SAR Managers and other investigators to glean information from a variety of sources to help focus search efforts on clues which may be of use to search planners, evaluators, and…

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SAR Communication Skills: Strengthening the Weakest Link

Presenter: Shaun Roundy | MRA Webinar Series |  When a child gets injured on the mountain, MRA teams know exactly what to do. We organize search teams, build technical systems, and provide medical care. We perform these advanced skillsets efficiently because we train for them and every incident provides an opportunity to test our abilities.…

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Death Notification: Doing Your Best When the News is the Worst

Presenter: Tim Durkin | MRA Webinar Series |  Join us for this free webinar on this challenging topic. Death and survivor notification are inevitable parts of emergency response, but training for this important work is limited. Learn proven approaches and review the research that will allow you to share the worst of news with kindness,…

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The Latest and Greatest: PMI’s Newest Ropes

Presenter: Tom Wood | Webinar |  Here at PMI, we are constantly looking for ways to build the best mousetrap- or in our case, the best rope. To that end, we recently unveiled three new ropes (Extreme Pro, Global Pro and HeatShield) to meet the exacting demands of the folks who trust their lives to…

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Harken® PowerSeat™

Presenter: Sean Cogan | Webinar |  Join PMI and Harken® for this informative webinar on the Harken® PowerSeat™. Sean Cogan from Harken® presented this webinar detailing the different uses and configurations of the PowerSeat™.

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Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

Presenter: Tom Wood | Webinar |  VRS Training Manager Tom Wood discusses ways that SPRAT or IRATA certified Rope Access Technicians – using the tools, techniques and methods unique to rope access – can help solve access issues and increase worker safety within the growing Wireless Telecommunications Industries.

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NFPA 1983: 2012 Edition

Presenter: Steve Hudson | Webinar |  The 2012 edition of NFPA 1983 Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services is out! All manufacturers of these products will soon be required to certify their products to this new version of NFPA 1983. This webinar is a quick review of the major product additions…

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Advance Tech & Mate – Mechanical Advantage Made Easy

Presenter: Garin Wallace | Webinar |  Designer of SMC Advance Tech HX and Advance Tech Mate Pulleys reviews their design and functional features. SMC Advance Tech HX Pulley is a double pulley with an integrated cam that provides immediate progress capture without the need of prussik loops. Learn tips and tricks for use and rigging…

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Fall Protection, Rope Access and Regulatory Compliance in the USA

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar |  Although fall prevention and protection has been repeatedly addressed by OSHA, which has suggested methods such as elimination or substitution of work, use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to control hazards, falls continue to be a leading cause of death…

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Ready for Rescue? A Primer on Preparation

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar |  Thousands of people are working at height every day. Anyone participating in activity at height has a potential to fall. Does your workplace Emergency Action Plan include preparation for rescue from your most challenging locations? Incidents that are a reasonably foreseeable possibility should warrant a realistic response plan. Employers,…

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Suspension Trauma Revisited

Presenter: Roger Mortimer | Webinar |  This free webinar, presented by Roger Mortimer, MD, will further elaborate on the following Abstract: Suspension Trauma, alternatively called harness hang syndrome, harness induced pathology, or orthostatic intolerance has been described since the early 1970s. The syndrome is really more than one phenomenon, shock from blood pooling in the…

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Ok, I Bought a Rope, So Now What?

Presenter: Steve Hudson | Webinar |  This free webinar provides insight on the proper inspection, care and maintenance of Life Safety Rope. In addition, we will try to answer the tough question of when to retire your rope.

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The Search for Bob Norton – Venezuela YV2480

Presenter: Bob Edwards | Webinar |  This PMI webinar will provide an overview of the efforts of The Norton Search Team as they search for Bryant Alabama’s missing missionary pilot Bob Norton. Bob, his wife Neiba and 5 others went missing in the jungles of Venezuela on Feb 16, 2009 while on an emergency medical…

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

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…

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To Knot or Not to Knot?

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…

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

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…

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Heavy Climbers

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…

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Overcoming GRAVITY – Choosing a Rope for Safety

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…

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In-House Emergency Response

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…

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ClimbTech Anchorage Connectors – Performance & Application

Presenter: Eric Patrick | Webinar |  ClimbTech anchorage connectors are internationally known as both innovative and easy to use. Whether you are a partner, distributor, or end user of our equipment, you can learn a little more about it at this free webinar. Some topics that will be covered are: REMOVABLE ANCHORS – ClimbTech’s Removable…

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Permit-Based Rope Access Planning

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar |  The Rope Access Permit (Work Plan) referenced by SPRAT Safe Practices documents is intended as a tool for the employer/safety manager to use in evaluating the work to be done and to ensure that all necessary considerations have been given the attention they deserve. The Rope Access Permit is…

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An Inside Look at Mexico’s Crystal Caves Featured on National Geographic

Presenter: Angie Lucht | Webinar |  National Geographic went inside one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet – a giant crystal cave described as Superman’s Fortress, with magnificent crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. Our presenter, Angie Lucht, was one of the four cavers/mountain rescuers on the team that…

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SMC Rescue StayK – Load Equalizing System Overview

Presenter: Garin Wallace & Don Enos | Webinar |  There is an ever growing demand for the SMC Rescue StayK® (picket system) from all divisions of the Emergency Response Industry, Fire Departments, Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, etc. The SMC Rescue StayK® system is versatile, accommodating, and by far the most effective, efficient, and reliable…

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Fall Protection, Rope Access and Regulatory Compliance in the USA

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar |  Although fall prevention and protection has been repeatedly addressed by OSHA, which has suggested methods such as elimination or substitution of work, use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to control hazards, falls continue to be a leading cause of death…

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Life Safety Rope Selection

Presenter: Steve Hudson | Webinar |  This free webinar, presented by PMI President Steve Hudson, will be a workshop focusing on variations of ropes used for rescue and other life safety applications. We will discuss current trends and standards in the industry. Steve will outline desirable performance characteristics of rope required for different kinds of…

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WHAT’S THE SCAM? Selection Care and Maintenance of Vertical Rescue Equipment

Presenter: Bob McCurley | Webinar |  Let this presentation be your guide to asking the right questions, considering important factors and researching key specifications in selection of commonly used rescue equipment. We will cover basic design considerations of various components of rescue equipment, typical applications, and potential failure modes. You will learn how strength ratings…

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A Guide to Compliance and Safety in Post Fall Rescue for Industry

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar |  ANSI Z359.2 outlines a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program for industry. One component of this involves preparing for rescue in the event of an accident. This presentation will provide an overview and guidelines for equipment and training to ensure “prompt care” as mandated by OSHA.

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Preparing for the Big One: Qualifying Equipment & Personnel for FEMA/NIMS SAR Response

Presenter: Loui McCurley | Webinar |  FEMA is in the process of developing criteria for a National Emergency Responder Credentialing System that will provide guidance for personnel and equipment responding to large scale incidents and/or disasters. This system will help to ensure that responders and equipment meet certain minimum criteria, and hopefully increase safety on…

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Ok, I bought a rope, so now what?

Presenter: Steve Hudson This free webinar provides insight on the proper inspection, care and maintenance of Life Safety Rope. In addition, PMI® President Steve Hudson will try to answer the tough question of when to retire your rope. Check out Steve’s blog post on this topic!

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