Rope Rescue Awareness Level Training. Learning Objectives:. En Route Considerations On Scene Size Up / Additional Resources Command Roles and Functions Initial Access Building The “Medic Line”. En Route Considerations:. Mechanism Fall MVA Over Embankment Number of Patients
Learning Objectives: • En Route Considerations • On Scene Size Up / Additional Resources • Command Roles and Functions • Initial Access • Building The “Medic Line”
En Route Considerations: • Mechanism • Fall • MVA Over Embankment • Number of Patients • More Patients Require More Resources • Location • Over Embankment • Distance to Patients From Roadway
On Scene Size-Up: • Confirm Number of Patients • Visual • Verbal • Physical Contact • Medic Line Appropriate? • Additional Resources = Rope Dependant Vs. Non-Rope Dependant • Steep or Vertical Environment • Zone III Technical Rescue Response for Rope • Low or Medium Angle • Ladder 11 or Station 12 Personnel
Command Roles and Functions: • Establish Command • Locate Command Post • Assigning Rescue Group Supervisor • RGS must be identified early and assigned. RGS will be responsible for the Rope System if Technician Level ( Rope Dependant ). • Establishing Staging Area • Direct Zone III Resources to Staging • Staging Area Manager Groups “Like Resources” • Establish Work Zones
Initial Contact and Access: • Visual • Line of Sight to Patient(s) • Verbal • Voice Contact to Confirm Number of Patients • Physical Contact via Medic Line • Slope Appropriate for Medic Line Access. Allows initial actions to be performed: • Triage • Patient Stabilization • Basic Treatment
Medic Line Considerations • A Medic Line is a “Non-Rope Dependant” assistance tool designed to allow patient access where footing is compromised. • The weight of the Rescuer is predominately on the ground, and the Medic Line is used as a handhold much like your weight is predominately on the steps of a staircase, and the handrail offers handhold support.
Building The “Medic Line” Establish Anchor Point Beware of Open Hooks
Building The “Medic Line” Anchor Options Continued….
Rescuer Attachment Seat Harness / Caribiner / Prussik / Rope Bag
Rescuer Considerations • Take basic EMS equipment to initiate Patient Care: • Trauma Pads • Cling or Coban • C-Collar • EMS Gloves / Goggles • Radio • PPE for Environment • Bunker Gear • Eye Protection
Rescuer Considerations After patient contact and starting basic patient care, the Medic Line attendant can expect to assist a Rescue Team with patient packaging and extraction if complete patient packaging is needed due to injuries.
After the Incident • Inventory and Inspect all rope equipment for signs of damage or excessive wear. • If in doubt as to the condition of Rope Rescue equipment, take it out of service and email Logistics.
Remember- Tying knots and building the Medic Line are perishable skills….. PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!