Brother Wayne, if you go to my page, open up my friends and hit Josh Augustine, he has posted some more pix of the stokes training, that gives you a really good shot of the change of direction at the tip of the aerial. If you cannot get to it, I will cut and paste it to my page.
Brother Wayne, we too had difficulty getting teh manufacturer to give us the yea or ney on how it was suppose to be done. Initially we were totold the only way it could be done was off the rear, using the tow hooks as our anchor point and strapping webbing to the rungs of the fly section with pulleys as a change of direction. Well as you can imagine this creates several roadblocks. One; you only have about 30 degrees of lateral movement when working off the rear, because the anchors are fixed, second, you limit the abilitly to position rescuers when working off the rear. Lastly, set up is a nightmare. We finally decide to use comman sense, based off of what the aerial is rated for when not flowing water, we can safely hang, a rescuer and a stokes off of the last fly section and still not come close to the weight limit, again i caution anyone, the change of direction MUST be at the last fly rung on the actual aerial, NOT the break away as it is only rated for 250lbs. If you would like I have more pics I can send you..just shoot me your email.
In this instance, we rigged the aerial with a dual line rigging system. the ropes were anchored at the turn table, one on a figure 8 the other on a bar rack. We raised the aerial with the FF attached to the rigging and raised him onto the roof of the cinema. Once the aerial and the rescuer was in position and lowered onto the roof, we tied the stokes into the system and the pair was lifted up and off the roof, at this point crews soft locked the system, rotated out away from the building and retracted the ladder, the rigging sytem allowed the FF and stokes to lower to the ground in a controlled fashion as the slack paid out. This is a drill we practiced several times over the last year. It is not easily noted in the photo, but we are certain to place the change of direction and the edge pro on the last fly of the aerial so as to avoid the break away tip, as it is not rated for this type of loading.
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