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    So we are looking at making some type of item, maybe a rope bag with a bunch of like 9mm rope in for a search line for the trucks. Does your departments use these and which bags and rope do you use. Also, do you only have 1 per truck? Are they attached the the SCBA? Etc?

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    We have either 5/16th white nylon or 7.5 mm kernmantle rope. Its 200 feet long with a snap hook on either end. The rope has knots tied into it every 25ft. At each 25ft interval an additional knot is tied into it signifying the distance covered, for instance: 100 feet, one knot then four knots. The first knot lets you know the direction of travel, if you know youre deep in the building and you feel one knot then 5 knots you know youre heading away from the point of entry and are at 125 ft on the rope. Its vital in Subways, or large maze like buildings, and in taxpayers. Luckily every one of our truck officers is equipped with a TIC, many dept's do not have that advantage. I think the Engina officer's should have them too, but I dont count.

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    We use the rope lights. They look like a string of Christmas lights but they are made for the fire service. They come in lenghts of 100 ft., have white LEDs with red and green LEDs in the clear plasitc covering. The green and red LEDs are for direction with green being the way out. We currently have 300 ft. of these. They hook up to any electric power supply such as cord reel, or small generator. We just got them a little while ago so we have only used them in practice situations. They work realy well in a smoke filled building. They light up the floor where your crawling, helps the crew see each other and give a good view of your path out. Usually we just hook it to our pack and crawl in.
    Down side, they are very expensive but, so far seems worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lieut1sc View Post
    We use the rope lights. They look like a string of Christmas lights but they are made for the fire service. They come in lenghts of 100 ft., have white LEDs with red and green LEDs in the clear plasitc covering. The green and red LEDs are for direction with green being the way out. We currently have 300 ft. of these. They hook up to any electric power supply such as cord reel, or small generator. We just got them a little while ago so we have only used them in practice situations. They work realy well in a smoke filled building. They light up the floor where your crawling, helps the crew see each other and give a good view of your path out. Usually we just hook it to our pack and crawl in.
    Down side, they are very expensive but, so far seems worth it.
    How well do they handle heat(if you know)?

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    So far so good but. We used them on a couple of control burns, left them on the floor as a route to the burn room. They have a pretty heavy covering on them. They would last longer than a rope in hot conditions but are more expensive to replace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lieut1sc View Post
    So far so good but. We used them on a couple of control burns, left them on the floor as a route to the burn room. They have a pretty heavy covering on them. They would last longer than a rope in hot conditions but are more expensive to replace.
    Got a link to where you purchased them?

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    We got them from flexliteusa.com
    The video shows the abuse they take and explains the use.
    We did have trouble with the first set of 3 we bought but haven't had a problem with the replacements we have now.
    Last edited by lieut1sc; 02-11-2008 at 12:04 AM.

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    We now have the RASP bag http://www.xtremerescue.com/RASPBag.php it was ment for the RIT crew but it is much nicer then regular rope and rope bag so I use it for any searches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lieut1sc View Post
    We use the rope lights. They look like a string of Christmas lights but they are made for the fire service. They come in lenghts of 100 ft., have white LEDs with red and green LEDs in the clear plasitc covering. The green and red LEDs are for direction with green being the way out. We currently have 300 ft. of these. They hook up to any electric power supply such as cord reel, or small generator. We just got them a little while ago so we have only used them in practice situations. They work realy well in a smoke filled building. They light up the floor where your crawling, helps the crew see each other and give a good view of your path out. Usually we just hook it to our pack and crawl in.
    Down side, they are very expensive but, so far seems worth it.

    Is that 3 - 100ft lengths or one 300ft. Can the 100ft lengths be added together? Reason I'm asking is if you're going into a large building such as a store, church, school etc a 100ft rope can be too short.

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    Sorry I forgot that part. The lights we have are 3 100' lenghts. 200' is on the engine incase they have to start the search and 100' on the ladder. That might get changed since the ladder will be doing more RIT soon.
    The lines plug in and lock together. The web site shows a good video with these things in action.

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    Thanks . . . .

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