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    I'm looking for some help in getting a rope inspection program started in my dept. If I could get a sample or copy of a report that would help or any other information I might need to get this going would be great!!

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    Can you elaborate a bit. Lifeline? Utility ropes? Escape Ropes? My Department is placing new lifelines on our truck companies and we are trying to come up with a new inspection and rope log SOP. Is that similar to what you are asking about?

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    I'll look for the info we have when I get back to work. Basicaly it says all lifelines and search ropes are pulled from the bags, inspected, and repacked on the 15th of the month along with any hardware (carabiners, pullys,etc). Utility lines also get checked but not in as much detail. All search ropes have two strobes on the bags and they get checked every day with the daily inventory/rig check.

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    The inspection would be for our lifeline & utility rope. I might also try and include any chains that we use on our rescue too.

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    I know not many here are big fans of NFPA. But NFPA 1983 is a good starting point for what you want to start. Also contact the rope manufacturer for information on how to care and inspect their product.

    Each life safety rope we have on the department is numbered. We log each use of the rope. That way we can gauge how much work the rope has done and if it needs to be tested, by a third party, or replaced. Our form is computerized (won't do you much good unless you have a programmer in house, we still use a system that was old when I joined the department 12 years ago, you know the computers that needed a room to operate in.)

    So...
    Number each rope (they sell a heat shrink that you can use to number the rope without damaging the rope itself)
    Log every use of the rope, date used, training or rescue, who inspected/packed the rope after use, and if the rope was cleaned.

    Hope this helps.

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