Chapter 15 . Ropes and Knots. Introduction. Rope is one of the most important and routinely used tools in the fire service In this chapter, you will learn: How to select the proper rope The proper uses of rope in fire service The essential skill of knot tying
Ropes and Knots
Figure 15-9 Example of braid-on-braid construction method.
Figure 15-10 Example of kernmantle construction method with the outer kern cut and pulled back at the end, showing the inner mantle section.
Figure 15-12 The three parts of a rope: working end, standing part, and running end.
Figure 15-13 Left to right: a round turn, a bight, and a loop. Take the loose end of the working end after tying the primary knot, and secure it by making a round turn around the standing knot and bringing the loose end through. Make a round turn in the standing portion of the rope, and slide the round turn down over the object being hoisted.
Figure 15-14 (A) A loose and sloppy knot. (B) A knot properly dressed and set.
Figure 15-16 It is very important that rope is inspected as it is being put back into a rope bag.
Figure 15-18 It is important to twist apart a laid rope to inspect between strands.
Figure 15-24 A kernmantle rope can also be “chained” and washed in a front-loading washing machine.
Figure 15-27 The two most common methods of storing life safety ropes (bagged or coiled).