Live Stream Episode 1: The world of rescue stand-by, confined space, and rope access.
Episode 1 of our live stream series is now available to watch back!
In Episode 1 Robin is joined by Mark Pfeifer from Ronin Rescue to discuss the world of rescue stand-by, confined space, and rope access - and where the industry is going.
Mark starts off by explaining how the idea behind Ronin Rescue is about taking preventative safety measures rather than solely being on hand to respond to an incident on a client’s site.
Mark goes on to define confined space, these spaces are generally enclosed or partially enclosed and large enough that you can get in to do work.
“Generally, confined spaces are configured in such a way that they inhibit emergency response. Technical equipment is required to get a person out, such as long ladders and rope systems.”
Mark has also represented Canada multiple times at the international Grimpday rope rescue competition. The event takes place over 2 to 3 days, with 4 to 6 rescue events per day. These are live patient rescue challenges with real-world standards.
“What I love about Grimpday is that rescues are brought back to basics. It’s all about simple, fast, clean rigging and quick patient access.”
Mark shared his insights into the different approaches he has observed at the Grimpday competition, these can vary greatly depending on a team’s background (military, public, private) or what country they represent. According to Mark, these key differences come down to team technique and leadership styles. The Grimpday competition provides an opportunity for diverse teams to come together and share techniques, new equipment, and ideas.
Robin and Mark closed off with a chat about the future of rescue and how the industry is changing. Lighter, faster, and more versatile equipment are constantly being developed and we can expect to see this continue over the coming years. Ultimately, however, there is no room for computer error in rescue and human decisions based on a combination of morals and logic will always be needed.
“We’re seeing great technological advancements that help us do our job, but I think decision making will always be human when it comes to rescue.”