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.
Important Considerations for Long Lowers International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) Project Videos: View the Complete Report Abstract Incorporating a belay system within a rope rescue system is common [...]
Lanyards Part II
An Examination of Purcell Prusik as Personal Restraint Lanyards Project Videos: View the Complete Report Abstract: In two independent drop test series conducted in 2002 and 2005, we examined [...]
Daisy Chains and Other Lanyards
Some Shocking Results when Shock Loaded Project Videos: View the Complete Report Abstract: Over the years, organized rope rescue has evolved with respect to the techniques used as well [...]
Two-Tensioned Rope Lowers
Centrally Focused Bridle Attachments Project Videos: View the Complete Report Abstract: Many rescue teams operate their rope rescue stretcher operations with either: a single tensioned mainline coupled with a [...]
Two-Tensioned Rope Lowers II
Project Video View the Complete Report Drop 8 Video: The BCCTR Belay Competence Drop Test Method of a 1m drop on 3m of rope with a 200kg test mass. This drop simulated [...]