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Load Releasable Hitch (CDFL)

A load releasable hitch is a hitch which can be loosened and released even when it is under tension or loaded. Used on CDFL missions in high angle climbing or mountaineering terrain or industrial settings where the patient and rescuers are anchored to a fixed point to safeguard from falls. The load releasable hitch is used to tether the rescuer and patient to the fixed anchor while clipping into or out of the helicopter long line. The load releasable hitch allows the rescuer to depart from the fixed anchor in the event that the helicopter must depart of lift suddenly. The Petzl Lezard is a specific piece of equipment designed to manage this situation for CDFL missions although as of December 2015 it is not yet approved for use in Canada by Transport Canada.


Lockout is defined in the Canadian standard CSA Z460-05 (R2010) "Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout and Other Methods" as the "placement of a lock or tag on an energy-isolating device in accordance with an established procedure, indicating that the energy-isolating device is not to be operated until removal of the lock or tag in accordance with an established procedure". If Lockout-Tagout may be required for safe work GMS shall have written documentation of the site specific Lockout-tagout procedures.

Long Line

A long line is a length of strong cordage designed to be attached to the cargo hook on the belly of a helicopter and is used for lifting loads below the landing gear of the helicopter. Lines used for lifting equipment are not to be confused with those used for lifting personnel in CDFL or long line rescue operations. 



The technician's logbook is a permanent record of their experience in a given field. Technicians may carry several logbooks to track and record different aspects of a given job. Technicians use logbooks to track rope access experience, avalanche control blasting information, snowpack analysis, first aid and rescue response information, in field hazard analysis meetings and many other types of crucial information. Most logbooks must be signed off by the site supervisor and retained by the employee in perpetuity.