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Dec
19
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An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation. It is an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action. Emergencies can be categoriz…
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Dec
01
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When undertaking any terrestrial project where workers will be traveling through terrain by foot it is important to fully understand the scope of the environment in which people will be working. It is only with this understanding that appropriate and adequate work plans, safety plans and preparation…
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Nov
11
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Petzl Lezard The new Petzl Lezard addresses and effectively eliminates one of the biggest issues involved with technical HEC (Human External Cargo) rescue. When a rescuer is inserted into an area where there is risk of falling off, such as a ledge on a cliff, they must protect themselves by attachi…
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Sep
16
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There are many jobs and responsibilities that require an astute sense of situational awareness. In fact any job, task, or activity that carries real and often severe consequence for error demands this. Think of a surgeon, pilot, race car driver or rescue technician. Although these are all different …
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Aug
11
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Mountain weather can be very hard to forecast. It is often unpredictable and changes rapidly throughout a forecast period.  As a rescue technician and mountain safety professional, paying close attention to the weather throughout the day plays an important role in the success of a rescue missio…
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Jul
31
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Fixed Line Aerial Rescue Operations - Pilot and Rescuer is a critical partnership When a mountain safety rescue program is initiated one of the key considerations is going to be effective extrication.  Once an emergency is called out the clock starts ticking.  For a patient that is critic…
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Jul
02
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When most people look at mountains and mountainous terrain they automatically see danger. They see the sheer cliffs, rocky outcrops and declivitous ridges as risky places to be. However, when you look at it practically and statistically it is really not the obvious “risky” areas where th…
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Jun
20
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Working in the mountains for days on end can be an exhausting endeavor.  It requires strength, stamina and a solid mind-set.  Preparing your body for such a task takes preparation and time.  If you can convince yourself that your body is the most important tool that you bring to the j…
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Apr
22
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Mountain Safety for Industry - What certifications make the best mountain safety technician? The mountain environment can add many challenges to an industrial work site. There are environmental factors such as extreme weather that can change rapidly in less than a moments notice.  Terrain diff…
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