Cleaning Rope Rescue Equipment

  All rope rescue equipment should be kept clean and free of dirt and grit to prevent wear that will reduce the strength, effectiveness and lifespan of the equipment. After the equipment has been cleaned, remember to mark it again … Continue reading

Inspecting Life Safety Rope

A non-destructive test that tells how much strength your rope has left does not exist at this time. The decision to retire a rope or to keep it in service relies on good judgment that comes only from experience in … Continue reading

Harness Service Life

The service life of a rescue harness is closely related to that of a life safety rope – both are used in the same environments, both are made from nylon or polyester and both receive similar levels of inspection and … Continue reading

NFPA 1983 – Hardware Performance Requirements

What is “3σ MBS?” You might think that answering the question, “How strong is that carabiner (or other item of rescue equipment)?” would be relatively easy. Yet, even with modern, high-tech alloys, two identical carabiners will break at slightly different … Continue reading

Carbon Monoxide and Life Safety Rope

Life safety rope stored on fire apparatus may be exposed to carbon monoxide (CO). This is usually due to exhaust from the apparatus or other power equipment leaking into storage compartments through ventilation openings.   Carbon monoxide is an inert, … Continue reading

Decontaminating Life Safety Rope and Web

For many years, the manufacturers of life safety ropes have recommended the use of a cleaning product designed for life safety ropes, such as LifeLine Cleaner, or a mild soap that is safe for nylon or polyester products, such as Woolite®. … Continue reading