Personal Escape (Rope Rescue)
My department is re-evaluating our personal escape rope system. We presently have a personal escape package assigned to all of our SCBA’s. The package consists of the following items, 20 meters of 3/8” lifeline, 2 aluminum carabiners (standard large), and an outer-bag that is attached to the SCBA frame. The 3/8” rope is loaded into the bag and finished with a compact figure 8 knot with one of the carabiners attached to the 8 knot. The other carabiner is pre-loaded a few inches away from the end knot using a Munter friction hitch. When deployed the end-knot of the system is attached to an anchor (tool or other anchor point) and the Munter is attached to our integrated class II harness within our bunker gear. We are considering replacing the Munter hitch with another type of friction hitch or configuration. Any info regarding personal experience utilizing other friction configurations would be greatly appreciated.