What is rescue rope made from?
The rope construction used in most rescue situations is known as ‘kernmantle’. This is because the mantle, which is a braided sheath, offers protection around the parallel core, which is the kern.
Polypropylene is used for rescue ropes at sea because it has a specific gravity of less than 1.0, meaning it can float on water. On land, a nylon or polyamide core with a polyester sheath is more common. All our rescue ropes are high strength, easy to handle and have low stretch properties. The sheathing also has a high level of abrasion resistance and is non-slip to ensure it can hold knots securely
All of Access Ropes rescue options are available in bright colours or with reflective strips for increased visibility and conform to the safety standards required for rescue operations (NFPA 1983)
What is a technical rope rescue?
Technical rope rescue is an operation that uses ropes, cables and other equipment to retrieve individuals from hard to reach areas, such as steep gradients where only rope access is possible. Only certified individuals should perform technical rope rescue as it is a high-risk procedure and involves a combination of dynamic and static rope products to suit the specific environment.
If you have seen TV shows where individuals are rescued from cliff faces or mountain peaks then technical rope rescue is one of the operations used.
How long is rescue rope good for?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ASTM international, rescue rope has a lifespan of 10 years, but this will alter according to how the cord has been stored and its exposure. If the rope is used quite frequently, then it is recommended to replace it every three years. If there is any damage, the line should be replaced immediately.
Which is the best choice for rescue rope?
The best rope used in rescue situations will depend on the conditions in which you intend to use it. The below descriptions give you a short overview of the different ropes suitable for rescues, but please contact us so we can discuss the best rope construction, length and price to meet your needs.
Static rope, such as the Low Stretch Kermantle Rope have limited stretch, which makes it ideal for free-hanging descent and ascent. This is a popular choice for firefighters. Low-stretch or static ropes are also well suited for moving heavy loads or people, as it has relatively high strength compared to dynamic rope options.
Dynamic rope, such as Dynamic Climbing Rope, is often recommended for use by climbers as the additional bounce provides them with protection from falls. It is preferred for lead climbing and top climbing rescue operations as it reduces the risk of serious falls.
If rescue equipment is going to be used in the water, then a rope made from polypropylene will be best because of its floating properties and high strength in water. It also will not rot when damp, so there is one less problem to worry about.
Whichever rope is chosen, safety standards recommend that rescue ropes should be constructing using kernmantle or double braids. Laid ropes use is also acceptable.
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