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Does anyone have any experiences with wind mill farms? The windmills are going up all over our territory. I am interested in any SOPs/SOGs or any training programs involving windmills. We are working on getting a training program set up. Thanks for your help.

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I do not but Chief Dennis Rutishauser of the Mendota, IL fire district does. His regional technical rescue team has more than 100 of them in the area.
I teach for Miller Fall Protection, on the side. We run a two day Competent Climber program that focuses on maintenance tech rescue.
There are basically six scenarios:
1. Due to a fire, technicians must escape the nacelle without the use of the main ladder way. This is accomplished with a controlled descent device.
2. Rescuing a worker is from the cable climb system in the main ladder way.
3. Rescuing a worker from the hub (ie, nose cone). Depending on the mfr (Gamesa, Vestas, GE, Siemens, etc), your access will either be, from inside the nacelle or from the top of the nacelle.
4. Rescuing a worker who has fallen over the side of the nacelle, suspended in their harness/lanyard.

We do not teach rescue techniques for the last two.
5. During external blade inspection/repair, a worker may require rescue. However, these workers are typically SPRAT II-III certified, unlike the above technicians. Therefore, they are usually able to self rescue...usually.
6. During internal blade inspection/repair, a worker may require rescue. Again, these workers are typically SPRAT II-III certified. Internal blade inspections are rare and are mfr. specific.

I hope this helps.
Contact Chief John Sinclair - Kittitas County Fire and Rescue (Ellensburg WA) at

They have a lot of wind farms in their district and are in the process of or already have a response plan

Be safe and good luck

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