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A comprehensive look at a wide variety of rope rescue systems is presented in this text. Written by an experienced rope rescue professional, it's a practical and entertaining resource for rope rescuers from basic through advanced levels. Exciting stories recreate real situations for the student, who then applies problem-solving principles described in the text. Team issues - integrity, development, and efficiency - are featured and build a superior survival profile for students who adopt these modern training philosophies. Highlighted notes emphasize interesting, current, and sometimes controversial topics within the rope rescue community.
PART ONE- TEAM EARTH: Forward. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Team Concepts. Equipment and System Components. PART TWO- FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, USING GRAVITY AS AN ENGINE: Rigging for Rappelling. Rappelling. Personal Emergency Escape Rope Systems (PEERS). Rigging and Operation of Lowering Systems. PART THREE- FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, USING BRAINS AND MUSCLE AS AN ENGINE: Rigging and Operation of Raising Systems. Ascending. Climbing Above the Anchor for Patient Access. Patient Management. PART 4- FILLING THE PLANE, REACHING PLACES OUTSIDEOF THE VERTICAL ROPE SYSTEM: Tensioned Rope Systems. Other Methods to Achieve Strategical Objectives. The Future.
Posted December 15, 2003
Although the book is interesting, and contains some useful information not found in a lot of other sources, there are simply too many errors in this book. From knots being diagrammed wrong (Fig 4-33), a Rescue 8 being threaded wrong (Fig 4-41), and an incorrect drawing of a Dulfersitz (Fig 3-3), to incorrect units (lbf for psi) and incorrect analyses throughout (e.g. pg. 96, pg. 215, pg. 244, pg. 253, etc.), if you don't already know this stuff this book is likely to confuse rather than educate. Chapter 8 on mechanical advantage and raising systems is especially rife with confusing generalities and plain errors (Figs. 8-12, 8-15, 8-25 D and E). ---- I wish I could recommend a better, up-to-date reference, but I can't. While I am actually glad I read this book, your decision might be helped along by how you feel about the following direct quote (pg. 209): 'Force vectors occur anywhere in your system that is nonlinear. Vector...is a measurable force or mass that has direction. A force vector can then be thought of as any angle or curve in your system that is not in a direct line with the load and the anchor. All force vectors add to your overall system forces.' (While grossly inaccurate, this collection of statements might have been an attempt to simplify a complicated subject. If so, I find the attempt more confusing and misleading than the actual subject matter.) ---- Hopefully any future edition will have a better technical editor.
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Posted August 3, 2000