A Practitioner's Study: About Rope Rescue represents best practices in the rope rescue trade as seen through the eyes of international instructor - Pat Rhodes. This book includes three major sections; Management Level of Rope Rescue; Operations Level Rigging; and Technician Level Rigging. Reliable and applicable rigging physics is a central theme throughout this book. In the Management Level many factors are addressed that contribute to the success of a rope rescue incident and to the sustainable growth of a rescue program. The Operations Level looks at the nuts and bolts of rigging including: a robust chapter on kt craft; extensive anchor aptitude development, comprehensive treatment of belay systems and the many devices and techniques associated with belaying; Mainline issues associated with lowering and raising system; new and refreshing litter configurations; and vertical mobility. The Technician Level digs into the the reasons behind the actions, plus, the exploration of more advance techniques as seen in various highline systems, and mid-wall pick-offs. In this section the reader will find a detailed presentation of rigging physics, including vector analysis, friction basics, compression/tension, and torque. From the apprentice to the journeyman rescuer; highly beneficial rigging kwledge for all levels of expertise is available in this book.
Pat Rhodes, a native of Phoenix Arizona, currently serves as the Rescue Services Manager for D2000 Safety Inc. In 2005 Pat retired from the Phoenix Fire Department after 28 plus years of service as a technical rescue lead instructor and a veteran firefighter. During his career with Phoenix he also served as a Rescue Specialist for FEMA Arizona Task Force 1, and was a member of the Technical Rescue committee for IFSTA (International Fire Service Training Association). His specialties are in Rigging Physics, Rope Access and Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Tower Rescue. Pat has consulted and/or instructed fire departments, rope access technicians and technical rescue teams internationally. Pat has maintained a life long hobby of knot tying, and labels himself a perpetual student of the art of knots, he is always ready to discuss the subject.