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Modern vs Traditional Comments

There seems to always be an ongoing discussion about rigging… New School vs old school. Let’s start by not referring to it as that. How about we call it modern vs traditional. The hopes would be that someday the traditional equipment is just in a museum rather than on a rig. One of the pushes to call it modern vs new school is the fact that it is not new equipment. The MPDs and I’Ds (just to name a few) have been being used for a decent amount of time now. It makes our jobs safer! The safety is built into the modern equipment. It makes our set up quicker. Seconds save minutes, minutes saves lives! Are you still hitching up a horse to get your apparatus out of the station? When we look at other rescue disciplines, we see that the equipment and techniques have changed there. While we understand that there is a higher cost with the modern gear, it comes with a much higher safety standard. When it comes down to it, we should be looking at the safety and ease of use as opposed to the dollars and cents. Another benefit of the modern equipment is space saving. Yes, space saving. Would you like to set up a haul and lower system using 7 pieces of equipment rather than 15. How much room does 7 pieces of equipment take on the rig in comparison to 15. This year, there is to be two new modern technology pieces of equipment hitting the streets. Stay tuned!  

Twin Tensioned Blog Comments

With the use of the new technology rope equipment, using a twin tensioned system has become a safer and quicker way of rigging. In tests that we have conducted, establishing a twin tensioned system has done many things for us. With the ease of operation, it reduces set up time. As rescuers, we must be mindful of time savings. Any amount of time that we can shave off our rescue is a bonus for the patient. In addition to ease of use, is SAFETY. Operating both lines with equal tension reduces the force that is in the seen by both devices. With both lines being tensioned, if their is a failure to either line, then the fall factor has been reduced by not having to wait for slack to be played out of the belay side. How do you rig? Do you use main/belay or twin tensioned. 

User comments:

Name: Joe

Comment: Our department has been running twin tensioned for the past several years. Wouldn't have it any other way.