Tag: Tom Wood

MRA Webinar Series – Anchors Aweigh: Load Sharing Anchor Options

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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Webinar Description:
Anchors are a fundamental component of nearly every rope rescue system. But what options are available to the rescuer who is confronted with sub-optimal anchors or a fall line that just doesn’t jibe with a single anchor point? Load sharing anchors to the rescue! This presentation covers important anchor building considerations like knot selection, load distributing versus load sharing anchors, man-made versus natural anchors and multi-point anchor angle forces.

Tom Wood is a 17 year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado and has a passion for surrounding himself with acronyms. He has served as the ART Field Director since 2013. The MRA’s alternate delegate to ICAR, Tom is a Level One NCRC (National Commission for Cave Rescue) trained cave rescuer. His day job is that of TM (Training Manager) for PMI’s (Pigeon Mountain Industries) VRS (Vertical Rescue Solutions). He is a SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) EC (Evaluations Committee) member and Level 3 Supervisor, sits on the NATE (National Association of Tower Erectors) Safety and Education Committee and participates in the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) F-32 SAR Committee. Tom is a Kent State graduate with a degree in photojournalism, has served in the USMCR as a Combat Photographer and in his meager spare time, he works as a freelance photographer, writer and author. A husband and father of three, Tom is an active ice climber and caver.

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MRA Webinar Series – Suicide Missions: Coping Strategies for Dealing with Suicide Recoveries in the Backcountry

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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Webinar Description:
As mountain rescuers, we pride ourselves on our ability to save the lives of the folks who are having a bad day in the mountains. But as the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams drove home, not every story has a happy ending, and an increasing number of rescuers find themselves performing the recovery of suicides in the backcountry. This webinar will provide some coping strategies and tips for SAR managers and rescuers who find themselves dealing with the aftermath of what is now the 10th leading cause of death in America – suicide.

The presenter, Tom Wood, is an author, freelance writer and 16 year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado. He is their current Field Director, and an MRA Terrestrial Rescue Delegate. A former journalist and combat photographer with the USMC, Tom’s day job is that of Training Manager for Vertical Rescue Solutions (Pigeon Mountain Industries’ training division). He lives in Conifer, Colorado with his wife and three children.

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The Latest and Greatest: PMI’s Newest Ropes

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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Here at PMI, we are constantly looking for ways to build the best mousetrap- or in our case, the best rope. To that end, we recently unveiled three new ropes (Extreme Pro, Global Pro and HeatShield) to meet the exacting demands of the folks who trust their lives to our products. Please join Tom Wood, the Training Manager of PMI’s training division ( VRS), for an informative webinar that will take an in-depth look at these three new innovative 11mm kernmantle ropes on Tuesday June 17th at 12 pm Mountain Time.

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PMI® Extreme Pro™ with Unicore® Technology

Monday, May 5th, 2014

An incredible new PMI rope, Extreme Pro™ with Unicore® technology is the ultimate polyester kernmantle rope. Unicore® technology creates the ultimate bond between sheath and core.


Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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Webinar Description:
VRS Training Manager Tom Wood discusses ways that SPRAT or IRATA certified Rope Access Technicians – using the tools, techniques and methods unique to rope access – can help solve access issues and increase worker safety within the growing Wireless Telecommunications Industries.

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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Though many rural or wilderness first responders may not realize it, industrial rope access is likely going on in their back yard. The popularity of rope access as a means to access hard-to-reach and remote at-height work sites like dams, bridges, highway rock scaling projects and ridge-top cell towers has exploded in recent years. There are now thousands of Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified rope techs working in the U.S., and often their job sites are miles outside the jurisdictions of the urban municipal departments who train for industrial high angle rescue.

Though these rope access techs are trained to rescue themselves in the event of an accident or emergency, what happens if they are unable to do so? Could your rural or wilderness SAR agency safely and efficiently perform what used to be thought of as an industrial rescue? Just what is rope access anyway, and how do rope access technicians perform high angle rescues? This presentation will answer these questions and many others by comparing and contrasting the techniques and gear employed by rope access technicians versus those of the backcountry rescuer when doing a one-on-one pickoff-type rescue of a suspended rope access worker.

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Down on the Farm: Grain Bin Rescue Basics Using the TerrAdaptor™ Tripod

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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Webinar Description:
Join VRS™ by PMI Program Manager Tom Wood for this one hour webinar addressing the challenges of accessing and rescuing someone trapped in a grain storage bin.

Rural rescuers are witnessing an alarming trend on commercial farms; a dramatic increase in the number of grain bin entrapments. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly half of all grain bin entrapments result in fatalities. In 2010, nearly thirty people lost their lives in grain bins.

As a result, OSHA issued a formal warning to grain handling and storage facility owners on February 1, 2011, stating “If any employee dies in a grain storage facility, in addition to any civil penalties proposed, OSHA will consider referring the incident to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution pursuant to the criminal provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.”

Some of the latest techniques and PMI equipment (such as the TerrAdaptor™ used as a portable high directional anchor) for Grain Bin Rescue will be discussed, as well as the many objective dangers facing rescuers attempting to access and rescue a trapped worker.

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Industrial Onsite Tower Rescue vs. Professional Tower Rescue: Different Tools and Methods-Common Goal

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
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With the push in recent years to expand cell phone coverage and thereby eliminate those dreaded “Dead Spots”, cell towers are popping up in every corner of the country at an amazing rate. But along with this push comes a price: More and more tower workers are exposed to the risks of extreme height, Radio Frequency (RF) radiation exposure, high voltage, and gale force winds. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has deemed Cell Tower Work as the most dangerous job in America, with the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers of any occupation (beating out loggers, miners, and deep sea fisherman). With the 2007 enactment of the ANSI Z359 standard, employers are charged with keeping their workers safe by providing them with rescue equipment and training. Calling 911 is no longer an acceptable rescue plan. But inevitably, more and more Rescue Professionals are being called to perform tower rescues. This free webinar will discuss both the similarities and differences between Companion Onsite Tower Rescue and Professional EMS Tower Rescues. Different tools and methods to accomplish the same goal-the successful rescue of a tower worker, will be discussed in this hour long presentation.

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

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
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Webinar Description:
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!

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