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Firefighter Rescue: Using a F.E.P.S. (FF Extraction Pulley System)

This video will discuss and demonstrate the use of a F.E.P.S. (Firefighter Extraction Pulley System). We placed the first version of this piece of equipment into service back in 1994 to supplement our RIT operations. Through the years I refined the system to what you will see in the video.

The F.E.P.S. is intended as a backup (or option) to a traditional ladder rescue or “Denver Drill” – It’s simply a 2-1 mechanical advantage haul system on a change of direction pulley. The system is designed to lighten the load and stress on rescuers without compromising the safety or speed of this type of operation.

Cost of the F.E.P.S. shown in the video = $398.00

Components include:
• 150 feet of ½” static kernmantle rescue rope = $175.00
• 2 – X/L Omega screw lock carabiners = $30.00 each
• 2 – 2” CMC pulleys (NFPA “General Use”) = $50.00 each
• 1 – Large Black Diamond screw lock carabiner (with “key style” gate) = $10.00
• 1 – 9 foot webbing loop (made from a 20 foot length of 1” tubular webbing) = $6.00
• 1 – 16 inch webbing loop (made from a 54 inch length of 1” tubular webbing) = $2.00
• 1 storage bag = $45.00

Train, Be Prepared, Stay Safe, Make the Save – SURVIVE!
Dale G. Pekel

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