Real world training for a new wave of climbers in the work industry
With the explosion of Rope Access climbers flooding the everyday work field how are the fire departments evolving to handle what is not their norm? Although yes, these rope access workers have to come with their own rescue plan and have been trained to self or buddy rescue, are you training also to know whats going on? Are any instructors out there getting trained on this style of climbing and bringing it back to their schools to be placed into the course outline?
With climbers coming into the work field that have an extensive amount of skill to reach some areas that in the past would have required scaffolding, it is important that local rescue teams take a step back and think about if they would be prepared to make a rescue in an appropriate amount of time when the time comes. The day when learning how to ascend and descend, pass a knot and have a simple understanding of high lines (that will be rarely if ever used) are fading fast. How are you adapting?
Oh, and yes I know that 99% of the companies will not see a single rope rescue in the following year, but man it sucks when it's your turn and you don't have a good plan to roll with or the confidence that it will be done with no problem.