As the owner and senior instructor of the internationally recognized school of technical rescue – Rescue RIG, Pat Rhodes has consulted and/or instructed technical rescue teams throughout the world. It is through many years of research and development with Rescue RIG that the skills represented in this book have been shaped, and continue to evolve. This manual offers a contemporary treatment of the ever changing urban technical rescue environment and the central issues that drive this demanding profession. All too often, well intentioned, but misinformed instructors teach “wheelbarrow rescues” in which rope systems are over built and “bigger is better” overrules logic. In comparison, Pat Rhodes provides specific insight to commonsense skills that are safe, practical and efficient. Urban Technical Rescue, Vol. 1 will challenge, even shatter, some of the cumbersome and traditionally sacred rope and confined space rescue techniques that have become embedded in today’s fire/rescue community.
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Pat Rhodes is a retired firefighter/technician with over 28 years of service with the Phoenix Fire Department, in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a technical rescue lead instructor. Pat’s last assignment was on Ladder Company 12, one of the busiest technical rescue trucks in the U.S. He also served as a Rescue Specialist for FEMA Arizona Task Force 1. He is currently a college professor in Phoenix, teaching fire science and serving as a technical rescue coordinator. He is also the senior instructor and owner of Rescue RIG, and has been on the "Technical Rescue" committee for IFSTA (International Fire Service Training Association).
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