Q&A: Sked Stretcher - Is a Backboard Required?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Can a patient be lowered in a vertical or horizontal Sked without being lashed to a backboard or without a backboard at all?


The answer is YES! This is one of the advantages of choosing the Sked stretcher.  READ MORE

Build Your Own Rescue Kit - New from Roco

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

As one of the first to offer pre-assembled rescue kits, Roco now offers Build-A-Kit. This new feature allows you to design your own Team Member Kit.

Simply make your selections, and we will build a customized kit just for you. Whether you're ordering a full kit or simply updating a few items, you can order it on Roco's website.


NFL Quarterback Honors Boston Firefighters

Monday, March 24, 2014

This time, it was Tom Brady watching from the sidelines, as Boston firefighters battled the nine-alarm blaze near his home. From the back deck of his home, which was four doors down from the fire, Brady told how he watched the incident unfold. “I had a firsthand view of all the action and was blown away by all the bravery and the teamwork that they really displayed,” Brady told a local radio station.  READ MORE

Potential Safety Issues Regarding Petzl CROLL

Friday, March 21, 2014

Roco Rescue has recently learned there are potential safety issues regarding the Petzl Croll (B16 & B16AAA). According to Petzl, two different customers have informed them of the failure of the rivet head on two Petzl Croll rope clamps. Although neither of these failures have led to an accident, the Petzl technical team is urgently reviewing this issue with in-depth investigations to understand what exactly caused these failures.

Petzl wants to remind consumers that "when connected to a rope device, the user must have a back-up device or a connection to a second rope clamp as a secondary means of support." They also encourage that users thoroughly inspect their CROLL B16 & B16AAA to ensure that the rivet head is not missing. The results of this investigation will be released no later than April 18th.   READ MORE

Q&A: Strength Impact on Webbing

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Regarding the Roco video/technique for shortening webbing... what is the strength impact on the webbing with this technique? When going from the looping double/basket method to a choker configuration changes the strength quite a bit because of all sorts of twists and bends... would the strength impact be 50%?

After reviewing your question, we decided to do some “in-house” testing. Of course, it’s unofficial, but here’s what we did and the results are shown below.  READ MORE

Roco QUICK DRILL #2 - SCBA/SAR Proficiency

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Proficiency in the use of PPE is critical to the safety of rescuers. If you can’t protect yourself, you can’t save others!

1. Disassemble the major system components of SCBA and/or SAR system and place in a room in an unorganized pile.

2. Take groups or individual team members into the room and turn out the lights.

3. Instruct them to put the systems together and don the units before exiting the room.


Hazcom 2012 & GHS: What Rescuers Need to Know

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

As an emergency responder, it is important to have a good understanding of the dangers and precautions regarding hazardous chemicals. Whether you’re a member of an in-plant industrial team or a municipal fire department, chemical hazards are always a critical factor in emergency incidents. That’s why it’s imperative to identify any particularly hazardous chemicals in your response area. Learn as much as you can, before the emergency happens.

The Time is Now
The first requirement went into effect in December 2013, which means that workers who use hazardous chemicals must be trained to understand the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). While employees must already have fluency, manufacturers of these products have until December 1, 2015, to switch over to the new format.  READ MORE

Rescue Toolbox: Webbing Adjustment Technique

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Here's a handy Webbing Adjustment Shortening Technique for adjusting webbing length when rigging litters.


Roco QUICK DRILL #1 - First 10 Minutes on the Scene

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Introducing Roco Quick Drills...     
We want you to make the most of every rescue practice session, so our Roco instructors have created "Quick Drills" that can be used any time you have a few minutes to practice with your team. In order to have a well-rounded rescue team, it is so important to maximize your training time and rotate the skills practiced to keep everyone interested and involved. Make sure you cover the basics as well as any techniques or special needs that may be unique to your response area. As always, practice, practice, practice! And, make sure you have the proper training and equipment to safely and effectively do your job.   READ MORE

Welcome Jim Breen, Director of Operations for Roco Rescue

Monday, January 06, 2014

January 1, 2014 - James (Jim) Breen of the Albuquerque Fire Department has joined the Roco Rescue team as Director of Operations. After a successful 23-year career with the AFD, Jim retired from the fire department to start a career in the private sector. He's not new to Roco as Jim has served as a Roco CSRT Crew Chief, Confined Space/Rope Rescue Instructor, and Chief Instructor for Trench Rescue. In his new position as Director of Operations for Roco Rescue, his duties and responsibilities include strategic planning, program coordination, organizational policy, communications and managing future growth opportunities.   READ MORE

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