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    I recently got interested in possibly buying a harness. Thing is I don't know much about them, like what the difference between a rock climbing harness vs. a rescue harness. I am just looking to get a basic setup. Any suggestions?

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    Basic setup for what?

    Rescue, ladder safety, climbing, etc.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Low angle rescue. Just a setup to get me to a patient so I could start patient care.

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    Does your department participate in such rescues? If so, they should be supplying you the equipment.
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    You should definitely get some guidance from your department on equipment such as harnesses.

    Having some level of standardization across personnel is a real plus since it simplifies doing safety checks among other things. For example, if we all use the same harness I can easily check your harness and confirm it is on correctly, etc.

    Based on the types of incidents you respond to you should be able to get a better feel for what is required. I'm a big fan of sit harnesses for most things but I operate mostly in a mountain rescue setting where I may spend hours in my harness.

    If you haven't done much training in rope rescue I'd encourage you to do that first before jumping into getting a bunch of gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMTfirefighter_rookie View Post
    I recently got interested in possibly buying a harness. Thing is I don't know much about them, like what the difference between a rock climbing harness vs. a rescue harness. I am just looking to get a basic setup. Any suggestions?
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