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Picket Anchor System, Rope Rescue

Pickets have many different uses in the rescue side of the fire service.

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Picket Anchor Systems

Pickets have many different uses in the rescue side of the fire service. Below are the basics of pickets used as anchor for rope rescue.

  • Pickets are typically made of 1″ diameter rolled steel that is 4′ long.
  • The pickets should be driven 2′-3′ into the soil (2′ in stable soil and up to 3′ in unstable soil) at a 15 degree angle away from the planned load.

When connecting the pickets, use a 20′ piece of webbing or 1/2″ utility rope.  Connect the base of the read picket with a clove hitch and wrap the webbing or rope to the top of the forward picket up to 6 times (finish with another clove hitch).  Use a piece of wood or rebar or another picket inserted between the wrap to twist the pickets.  Tension until the forward picket starts to move, then back off one half turn and drive stake into the ground.

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Advanced Trench Symposium

The Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation held their 2019 Advanced Trench Rescue Shoring Symposium at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Education Center. The ATRSS is a 5 day course that had trench rescue technicians from around the United States, Canada, and Germany.

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Advanced Trench Rescue Shoring Symposium

The Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation held their 2019 Advanced Trench Rescue Shoring Symposium at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Education Center. The ATRSS is a 5 day course that had trench rescue technicians from around the United States, Canada, and Germany. The class is designed for trench rescue instructors and technical rescue team squad officers and managers.

for more on the Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation please checkout their website. The pictures below are from Irakli West of Heavy Rescue Germany.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

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Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium 2019

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Below are several posts about the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association’s 2019 Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium. Please make sure you follow these great rescue focused Facebook pages.


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Heavy Stabilization & Lift Class 

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Heavy Stabilization & Lift Class

Below are some pictures from a Heavy Stabilization & Lift Class that the World Famous SVI Trucks built Beaver Lane Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department was part of.

Here are more pictures that Premier Extrication posted on their Facebook page.  Make sure you are following Premier Extrication because the man behind that page, Toot (AKA Toranze Lee), is a wealth of knowledge and is always trying outside the box techniques!

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