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    Default Color Coded Tubular Webbing

    Several years ago I was visiting a department whos rescue company had color coded webbing a slings...The webbings loops and slings were color coded by size (yellows=5' red=10' blue=15', etc...) A I recall this was supposed to be a FEMA USAR standard...I have searched the web extensively and cant find anything like this....Does anyone know of such a FEMA chart??

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    Default Here ya go!

    I think this is what you are looking for:

    WEBBING LENGTHS BY COLOR

    GREEN 5 FEET
    YELLOW 12 FEET
    BLUE 15 FEET
    RED 20 FEET
    BLACK 25 FEET

    COLOR CODING SYSTEM FROM IFSTA FIRE-SERVICE RESCUE, 6TH EDITION, PG. 96.

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    Lol...thats been right under my nose.....I've been searching for FEMA related stuff cause thats what this guy told me....Maybe it was just that simple

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    Wink Just a suggestion guys!

    If you will read the section closely in the IFSTA Essentials Manual closely, you will find that they use that particuler color scheme only as an EXAMPLE! I'll lay odds that over half the members in a department or squad that took that as gospel and implemented it as their standard could not tell you a 5 foot piece from a 20 foot piece by color!

    Meant to say 6th ed. Rescue Manual above, sorry- but in the 3rd ed. Essentials there was a referance (also only printed as an EXAMPLE) that rope could be color coded red for utility, yellow for training, and green for rescue...and low and behold one state's "powers that be" came out with a question on a firefighter certification test bank of - What color should rescue rope ALWAYS be?...and the correct answer was Green of course..I'll bet a lot of rope manufactures wondered why they sold so dang much green kernmantle in NC for a while!
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    Quote Originally Posted by herbroberson View Post
    there was a referance that rope could be color coded red for utility, yellow for training, and green for rescue
    Another color-coding option for rescue rope is RED for rescue (mainline) and BLUE for belay. These are highly contrasting colors, with names that are clearly different, so that there can be no confusion when someone calls "slack on blue, lower on red".

    As for webbing, I mark both ends of all cut pieces with the length so I can quickly find the right one.

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    My team uses the green (5), yellow (12), blue (15) and red (20) as the standard. We chose this due to our training with our local fire departments and our training with members of our local FEMA team. This is the standard that they live by; so we adopted it. It makes sense to us that we can look at a piece of webbing and know what size it is, without having to read the ends or measure it.
    IFSTA suggests it as an example. We chose it as our standard.


    As for ropes. We have no color designations. All of our ropes can be used to carry a rescuer or patient. We do not want to have a discussion on a call "is this the utility rope or the belay rope". In addition, with multiple colors on ropes, we can have multiple people in the hole or over the edge and the 'edge' or the 'attendant' can say "slack on insert color here" or whatever is needed.

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    Here the mainline is also red (actually orange), and the belay line is blue.

    We don't colour code the webbing right now, but the prussiks are colour coded red and green by length.
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    Some places in GA use the following:
    Red line - Belay
    Blue line - Main Line
    Yellow Anchor Rope
    White Utility Rope
    Webbing - 1 inch flat
    Green - 5 ft
    Yellow - 12 ft
    Blue - 15 ft
    Orange - 20 ft
    Red - 25 ft

    The main thing is too know what your system uses and Practice, Train!

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