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    Have any of you done this? This sounds neat. A real challenge and a big feather in a departments cap...
    FiremanLyman this is in your neck of the woods.

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    The Wilderness Rescue Competition began in October of 1978 to provide an arena for training and competition in technical rope rescue and wilderness EMS. Thirty-three successful events have been hosted since then! In 1994, a core group of participants formed TRC, Inc. to ensure that this important aspect of EMS and technical rescue would continue into the future.
    The 35th Annual
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    11 - 12 October 2013

    The Annual Meeting will be at Garner State Park on Thursday, 10 Oct 2013
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    A lot of great guys and teams go to Garner each year. The competition is one thing, the better part is the evenings, meeting and cracking beers with some of the best rescue guys around. Most come from Central Texas departments with a TRT, a good percentage are TX-TF1 members. A lot of SRT work if you want to come over to the dark side. We'll probably put together a team this year from my department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    A lot of great guys and teams go to Garner each year. The competition is one thing, the better part is the evenings, meeting and cracking beers with some of the best rescue guys around. Most come from Central Texas departments with a TRT, a good percentage are TX-TF1 members. A lot of SRT work if you want to come over to the dark side. We'll probably put together a team this year from my department.
    I could be a patient, I meet the 90 lbs. requirement
    That vertical rescue image on the website is waay past my level of training. I would love to show up and learn from the pro's. Do they need support people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelXYZ View Post
    Have any of you done this? This sounds neat. A real challenge and a big feather in a departments cap...
    I don't know anything about this specific competition but I have been to others around the country. Some were just ok, some were good and some were "interesting". One competition I went to years ago (early 80s) was an industrial heavy rescue competition. Each team member had to have the identical amount of equipment (such as twine for mousing the open hooks and body cords for tying their own seat harnesses). Lashing had to have the exact number of proper wraps, etc. Each team carried 12 ft 4x4"s so they could build tripods and bipods. There were no lowering devices such as 8s or racks. One part of the competition involved lowering a rescuer off the top of a 14 story building by hand.....his team members gripped the rope in their gloved hands and let the rope slide through as they lowered their teammate....no belay....1st rescuer in line standing at the edge of the building with no fall protection....no parapet wall or any other barrier for edge protection. There were no carabiners, all attachment points used open hooks which had to be "moused" using twine so the load didn't slip out.

    The skills came straight out of WWII civil defense rescue rigging manuals. A very interesting competition to say the least and if the "big one" ever comes along and wipes out all of our rescue equipment, all of these techniques could be used for rescue.

    One large refinery here in south Louisiana for years carried 12 ft 4x4's, mousing twine,etc., on their rescue truck for use in plant. When asked why they didn't use any modern equipment or techniques they said it was because of the rescue competition. They trained for 2 full weeks per year on competition skills so they could win the big 1st place trophy and have bragging rights over the other teams. Any new equipment or techniques that were not allowed in the rules would not be considered for use in plant. If they had a confined space rescue in plant and needed a tripod they would build one out of 4x4s.

    Kind of scary. Luckily they have found a more updated competition to compete in and have since bought a real tripod and replaced their 4x4s.

    The main thing I would suggest about rescue competitions is to make sure that the rules don't require you to learn new techniques and buy a lot of equipment that you don't/won't use in real life rescues. Otherwise, have fun and definitely learn from all the other teams there.

    Mike

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    The TRC is not really clear on what the competition entails. I had trouble finding any details even in the Rule sheet. I am registered for a NFPA 1006 Rescue Tech class this year, so I am hoping to participate in some way.

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