Input Deadline for NFPA 350 Fast Approaching!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 Deadline: January 3, 2014. There's only about 30 days left to submit your input on the proposed NFPA 350 Best Practices Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work. If you are involved in any kind of confined space work or rescue (municipal or industrial), now is the time to offer your comments. While it is currently listed as a “Best Practices Guide,” that does not mean that at some point in the future it won’t possibly become an NFPA Standard. So, whether you agree or disagree, the time to offer your input is NOW!  READ MORE

NEW 2014: ProBoard & IFSAC Option in Roco's Fast-Track 80™

Friday, September 20, 2013

Roco is excited to announce that beginning in 2014, we will partner with LSU’s Fire and Emergency Training Institute (FETI) to offer ProBoard/IFSAC options for select Roco courses conducted at the Roco Training Center (RTC) in Baton Rouge. Students choosing the ProBoard option will complete both a written and skills exam conducted by evaluators from LSU’s Fire and Emergency Services Certification Division. Upon successful completion of this certification process, they are then eligible to be entered into the ProBoard’s certification registry.  READ MORE

Proposed NFPA 350 Confined Space Guide: Approved for Comments

Saturday, August 31, 2013

NOTICE: If you are involved in any kind of confined space work or rescue, you need to read this document and offer your comments. This applies to anyone who may work in or near confined spaces, both industrial and municipal.

At a meeting earlier this month, NFPA’s Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work (Draft) was approved for public comment by the NFPA Standards Council.

This document is designed as a “best practices” guide for those who work in and around confined spaces. As with any document that attempts to be all inclusive, it may work well for some while negatively affecting others. Therefore, it is very important that "WE" the public, the people who will be using this type of document in real world applications, offer our feedback. Now is the time to offer comments and suggestions. Comments as to what may or may not be feasible for your organization or what may have been overlooked in this document are a vital part of this NFPA process.   READ MORE

NFPA 1006-2013: Rescuer Professional Qualifications Update Explained

Saturday, June 01, 2013

There are several revisions in the 2013 Edition of NFPA 1006 that rescue teams and trainers need to be aware of. It is also important to note that the standard provides “minimum" standards for technical rescuers. It further states that “the individuals charged with performing technical rescues be qualified” at the appropriate level according to the standard.

The first change affects all Level I & II rescuers and concerns “currency” and “competency.” In Chapter 1, the new standard states:

NFPA 1006 - Chapter 1.3.6*
“Rescuers at Level I and Level II shall remain current with technical rescue practices and applicable standards and shall demonstrate competency on an annual basis.” (Emphasis added.)

Determining exactly how “currency” in rescue practices and competency will be determined (and demonstrated) will be the responsibility of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). However, according to this new addition, a means for keeping rescuers up-to-date in their techniques as well as documented skills testing should take place every year.   READ MORE

Key Highlights for Rescuers: NFPA 1983-2012 RESCUE EQUIPMENT

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

by Dennis O’Connell, Director of Training/Chief Instructor

From a rescuer’s standpoint, we would like to emphasize a few of the changes and additions in the 2012 Edition of NFPA 1983, which is the standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services. But before we go any further, I want to remind you that this standard is really designed for “equipment manufacturers” and not for end users. It is designed as a guide for manufacturers who are testing their equipment to the NFPA standard and for organizations who are performing and certifying the testing.  READ MORE

New Items for Your Rescue Toolbox: Petzl ID

Thursday, July 19, 2012

by Pat Furr, Roco Chief Instructor/Technical Consultant

OK, who has not had the opportunity to use the Petzl ID? The ID is one of the most versatile bits of rescue hardware that I have in my kit. It comes in both NFPA G and L(*) rated versions and provides the closest thing to a “Jack of all Trades” capability that I can think of.

It was originally designed as an evolutionary improvement to the Petzl Stop and Gri Gri and as its name suggests, it was intended to be an “Industrial Descender” thus ID.   READ MORE

New Items for Your Rescue Toolkit

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"If it's been a while since you've updated your rescue equipment kit or attended a rescue class, you may not be aware of some of the newer pieces of rescue gear that not only make your job safer, but make it easier and more efficient as well. The last decade has seen an explosion of emerging technologies that have allowed the design and manufacture of some really exciting and practical equipment. In the coming weeks, we will be reviewing some of the newer gear that you may not have had the opportunity to work with. Hopefully, this will provide the stimulus for you to get out there and find out what else you may be missing out on." Pat Furr, Roco Chief Instructor/Technical Consultant  READ MORE

Can I use my training rope for rescue?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We're often asked about using training rope for rescue purposes, so here's what we discovered...

The short answer is yes. However, NFPA 1500 provides some additional guidelines.


Has emergency response improved since 9/11?

Monday, September 26, 2011

We recently read an article from the NFPA Journal about the improvements that have been made since 9/11. Out of this tragedy came some very hard lessons learned – from an emergency response standpoint as well as national security and building codes, especially for high-rise structures. Are we better prepared? Is your department better equipped today for acts of terrorism or natural disaster? Has communications improved among responding agencies? Are you better trained as an emergency responder? An article in the September/October 2011 issue of the NFPA Journal cites three main areas that have improved as a direct result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  READ MORE

Proper Training Required: Why it’s so important!

Monday, August 08, 2011

In this article, we want to provide some background on our experiences with users of rescue equipment, and why we feel proper training is so important.  In the past 30 years, we’ve had the honor of having thousands of students attend our rescue training classes.  Attitudes toward the statement “Do not use this equipment without proper training!” runs the gamut. It goes from “I never read the instructions,” to “I read, understand, and follow them to the T.” As our students come in all shapes, sizes, experience levels, attitudes, and needs, this is understandable.  However, there’s one common denominator, they have come to us for training – and that’s our critical role.  READ MORE

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