Suspension Trauma Revisited

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Presenter: Roger Mortimer | Webinar | 
This free webinar, presented by Roger Mortimer, MD, will further elaborate on the following Abstract: Suspension Trauma, alternatively called harness hang syndrome, harness induced pathology, or orthostatic intolerance has been described since the early 1970s. The syndrome is really more than one phenomenon, shock from blood pooling in the legs while passively suspended and muscle damage from poor circulation in the legs. The harness itself has been blamed for causing this but is really incidental. Previous literature has suggested that once rescued a person should not be laid down after rescue. This is contrary to standard care. Most authorities now concede that there was never any evidence for this recommendation. This recommendation has been withdrawn by occupational health authorities in England, Australia, and the USA. Once rescued from suspension a person should be laid flat just as one would treat any other trauma patient. The harness can be removed or left on as is helpful for final evacuation. Aggressive intravenous fluid therapy is appropriate to prevent kidney damage.

The Search for Bob Norton – Venezuela YV2480

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Presenter: Bob Edwards | Webinar | 
This PMI webinar will provide an overview of the efforts of The Norton Search Team as they search for Bryant Alabama’s missing missionary pilot Bob Norton. Bob, his wife Neiba and 5 others went missing in the jungles of Venezuela on Feb 16, 2009 while on an emergency medical flight in a Cessna 182. A team of volunteer pilots, engineers and search technicians have pulled together here in the U.S. to assist with the search effort. Working closely with Venezuela’s Civil Protection and the Indigenous Indians, The Norton Search Team have provided satellite image analysis, containment analysis, flight simulations and is now working with Tennessee Technological University to design and develop a 8′ wingspan RC plane with autonomous flight controls, cameras and sensors. Their plan is to use this plane in an attempt to find the crash site. Additional information can be viewed on their website: www.findingbobnorton.org .

Remote Connection/Line Capture. Expanded Opportunities…(Skills Required)

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Presenter: Michael Croslin | Webinar | 

This PMI webinar is an update and review of the applications and general guidelines for line capture/Reach device in swiftwater rescue. Presented by Michael Croslin, owner of Crossline Solutions, he will also demonstrate and discuss the development of the Integrated Reach protection system and its expanded performance applications in moving water. This webinar will encourage an open collaborative discussion of the challenges in disseminating and encouraging curriculum updates and training protocols that promote clear and safe guidelines for effective adoption and responsible use of this exciting new approach in swiftwater rescue. Topics will include the new Integrated Reach Belt/Throwbag/Tagline system, The Reach Device, Entrapments, Pins, Sieves, Hydraulics, Catcher Mitt Eddies and new approaches to extrication. Additional topics that will be covered are: developing new downriver protection strategies, establishing cross river lines, stream crossings, gear retrieval and establishing remote connection to wrapped boats in extreme environments and Creeker or extreme kayaker or boater strategies using the Reach system. Specific examples and results of field testing by extreme boaters will also be discussed. Additionally, Michael will relate feedback from many early adopters that have developed new techniques and strategies based on remote connection/line capture. New collaborative ideas will be encouraged and welcomed, specifically, how this new technology is being used worldwide to improve rescuer and boater safety and to speed deployment of rope based systems in the river setting.

ClimbTech Anchorage Connectors – Performance & Application

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Presenter: Eric Patrick | Webinar | 

ClimbTech anchorage connectors are internationally known as both innovative and easy to use. Whether you are a partner, distributor, or end user of our equipment, you can learn a little more about it at this free webinar. Some topics that will be covered are:

REMOVABLE ANCHORS – ClimbTech’s Removable Anchors, developed both for fall protection and multi-use, are safe, lightweight, and surprisingly simple to employ.

BEAM CLAMPS – One of ClimbTech’s most recent innovations, the I-Beam Clamp is the lightest and nimblest of its kind. Beyond its unmatched weight, the clamp incorporates a variety of unique components – all resulting in superior performance.

SWIVEL ANCHORS – The Swivel Anchor is not only new to ClimbTech’s product line; it is a valuable addition to the world of safety equipment. The anchor incorporates a revolutionary swivel ring design that allows a D-Ring to rotate 360 degrees as well as flip back and forth.

An Inside Look at Mexico’s Crystal Caves Featured on National Geographic

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Presenter: Angie Lucht | Webinar | 
National Geographic went inside one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet – a giant crystal cave described as Superman’s Fortress, with magnificent crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. Our presenter, Angie Lucht, was one of the four cavers/mountain rescuers on the team that went into the caves. She will talk about the boundaries of the physical limitations and new explorations while filming “Into the Lost Crystal Caves”.

SMC Rescue StayK – Load Equalizing System Overview

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Presenter: Garin Wallace & Don Enos | Webinar | 
There is an ever growing demand for the SMC Rescue StayK® (picket system) from all divisions of the Emergency Response Industry, Fire Departments, Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, etc. The SMC Rescue StayK® system is versatile, accommodating, and by far the most effective, efficient, and reliable system available today. Join us for this free webinar presented by Garin Wallace and Don Enos of SMC.

TerrAdaptor…a dinosaur? A monster truck? NO! The most advanced NFPA Portable Anchor System!

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Presenters: Tom Wood & Jack Perry | Webinar | 
In this free webinar, PMI’s own Jack Perry will give you a closer look at the TerrAdaptor, the most innovative tripod to ever hit the Work and Rescue market, brought to you by SMC, PMI and Skedco. With unlimited positions, options and one of a kind features you won’t find anywhere, you won’t want to miss this webinar to see what everyone’s talking about!