Through considerable ongoing research and analysis, Rigging for Rescue’s developers have methodically reviewed, tested, and evaluated numerous ropework techniques – often exposing assumptions about ropework that were pure myth and folklore. This data-based approach has led to the introduction (and/or modification) of practical techniques that are gentle to the rope, patient, and rescuer-while maintaining high levels of safety.
Since 1986, Rigging for Rescue has continued to be at the forefront of research and testing on rope rescue systems. The leaders of Rigging for Rescue have been regular presenters at the International Technical Rescue Symposium – aka ITRS (formerly NATRS) – sharing research and testing on a variety of subjects ranging from rescue belays, to failure analysis of lanyards, to live-operator testing of Two Tensioned Rope Systems, just to name a few.
Included in this area of our website are recent research reports and video segments.
VT Prusik for Rescue Belays - Abstract Rope rescue teams typically operate redundant two-rope systems with inclusion of a fail- safe mechanism for fall arrest. Examples include the MPD, 540° Rescue Belay, Petzl [...]
Two Tension or Not to Tension Much Ado About 4 Meters Abstract: Technical rope rescue has had a long, rich history of healthy debate and disagreement regarding device selection as well as techniques. A [...]
International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) ITRS, 2015 Abstract: “Mirrored Systems – Reflections from the Edge” Author: Mike Gibbs, Rigging for Rescue View the Complete Report Background What [...]
International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) PROJECT VIDEOS Abstract In November, 2014, at the International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) in Golden, Colorado, Mike Gibbs of Rigging for Rescue presented on [...]
Considerations for equalizing multi-point anchor systems International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) Project Videos: View the Complete Report Abstract Building sound anchors is one of the [...]