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FSC 110 - Rope I

0.75 Credits, 1.25 Contact Hours
.50 lecture periods .75 lab periods

Introduction to basic rope rescue: safety, equipment, rope craft, anchors, mechanical advantage, belay systems, medical considerations, identifying terrain types, low angle evacuations, steep angle evacuations and steep angle rappel. Includes performance in rope craft, anchor construction, mechanical advantage construction, belay technique, patient packaging, low angle evacuations, and steep angle rappelling.

Information: This class meets State of Arizona Fire Marshal requirements: NFPA 1983, NFPA 1500 special operations, NFPA 1670.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify appropriate rescue rope, accessory cord, and webbing and list the breaking strength for each. Properly don a recue harness.
  2. Identify rescue hardware, list use and breaking strength for each. Construct single point and multi point anchor systems using rope and webbing.
  3. Identify components of a simple mechanical advantage system and list the rules that apply to     mechanical advantage. Construct simple 2:1, 3:1, and 5:1 mechanical advantage systems.
  4. Package a patient in a stokes litter basket. Act as a litter bearer in flat and low angle evacuations.
  5. Rappel on steep angle terrain using both a rescue 8 and brake rack friction device. Properly belay a general class load.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Identify appropriate rescue rope, accessory chord and webbing and list the break strength for each.
  2. Identify rescue hardware and list use and break strength for each.
  3. Construct single point and multi point anchors using rope and webbing.
  4. Identify components of a simple mechanical advantage (ma) and list the rules that apply to ma.
  5. Construct a simple 2:1, 3:1, and 5:1 ma.
  6. Package a patient in a stokes litter.
  7. Act as a litter bearer in flat and low angle evacuations.
  8. Properly don a rescue harness.
  9. Properly belay a class 1 load.
  10. Rappel on steep angle terrain using both rescue 8 and brake rack decent device.

Outline:
  1. Introduction to Rope Rescue
    1. Self-establish credibility
    2. Student-establish experience and history
    3. State expectations of the class
  2. Philosophy
    1. History of rope rescue
    2. Rescuer safety
  3. Equipment
    1. Software
      1.  Rope types
        1. Laid
        2. Braided
        3. Kern-mantle
      2. Rope construction
        1. Laid
        2. Braided
        3. Kerm-mantle
      3. NFPA 1983 life safety rope
        1. NFPA loads
          1. Class I (300 lb.)
          2. Class II (600 lb.)
        2. Safety margin
          1. Rope 15:1
          2. System (double rope) 10:1
      4. Rope care
        1. What harms rope (friction demo)
        2. Inspection
        3. Records
        4. Cleaning
      5. Webbing
    2. Hardware
      1. Carabineers
        1. Description
        2. Normal loading
        3. Side loading
        4. Types
        5. Care
      2. Pulleys
        1. Description
        2. Types
        3. Care
        4. D-D ratio 4:1
      3. Edge protection
        1. Roller
        2. Pad
      4. Anchor Plate
      5. Tri-link
      6. Decent control devices
        1. Brake rack
        2. Rescue 8
        3. Any other
    3. Personal Equipment
      1. Harnesses
        1. NFPA class I, II, III (demo donning and proper fit)
        2. Improvised
        3. Specialty
      2. Helmets
      3. Gloves
      4. Footwear
      5. Clothing
      6. Accessories
        1. Lights
        2. Water bottle
        3. Eye protection
        4. Cutting tool
  4. Knots, Bends, and Hitches
    1. Demonstration
    2. Performance
  5. Anchors
    1. Concepts
    2. Single point
    3. Multi-point
    4. Vector forces
    5. Distributing
    6. Sharing
    7. Picket systems (optional)
  6. Mechanical Advantages (ma)
    1. Concepts
    2. Rules
    3. Demonstration and participation
    4. 2:1 3:1 5:1 simple
    5. Integral systems
    6. Ganged systems
  7. Belay Concepts
    1. Personal
    2. System
  8. Skill Stations
    1. Anchors and class I belay demo
    2. Mechanic advantage
  9. Patient Packaging
    1. Guidelines
    2. Performance
  10. Litter Caries
    1. Positions
    2. Carey straps
    3. Litter wheel (optional)
    4. Route finding
    5. Crew rotation
    6. Caterpillar pass
    7. Belay lines
  11. Low Angle Scenarios
    1. Route finding
    2. Patient packaging
    3. Team rotation
  12. Steep Angle Evacuations (Rappel on BB rack and Fig. 8 tie off)
    1. Technical evacuation system components
      1. System anchors (Optional: components and commands)            
      2. Working line
        1. Lowering
        2. Raising
      3. Belay line
        1. Proper set up and operation of TPB
        2. Load releasing hitch
        3. System prusiks
        4. Z turn
    2. Litter rigging
    3. Litter bearer tie
  13. Commands, Checklist and Equipment
    1. System operation commands
    2. Complete skill checklist
    3. Critique and inventory equipment


Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19



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