It's not easy, but those of you who are familiar with ISO9000 know how tough the process can be. Yesterday we were granted "unconditional re-certification with no exceptions" as we transitioned from the 2008 standard to the new 2015 standard. The 2015 standard included many changes to how customer service should be handled as well as addressed many risk management issues.
If you're thinking about purchasing new gear - do you want to buy from a company who takes quality seriously and is willing to have an independent audit conducted every year on their quality and customer service, or someone who doesn't care enough or find quality and customer service important?
The Annual Summer Sale is back, but this time with a never heard of offer. As part of our 55th year anniversary celebration, every item ordered with your rescue toboggans during the summer sale qualifies for 15% off. We've never done this before! It's just our way of saying thanks for being loyal Cascade Rescue Company customers for so many years.
Here's the deal. Buy your rescue toboggans during the Summer Sale, add any regular price item to your order at the same time and get 15% off those items. This includes litters, trail wheels, rope, evac seats, rope savers - everything! You'd be crazy not to take advantage of this!
T&C's - All orders must be placed between August 1st and August 31st and be paid for before September 1st, 2017. 15% discount applies only to regular price items and does not apply to sale, pro-deal or close out items. Summer Sale toboggans will begin shipping in late September and October on a first come, first served basis. Additional items added to toboggan orders may be shipped earlier upon request and availability. Shipping charges will apply.
The Equalizer is a product long past its due. We've worked on this project on and off for the last five or six years. Always with some varying degree of success, but never entirely satisfactory. We have a pile of destroyed or abandoned prototypes in the corner to prove it. Try and try again, we've finally got it! Field tested and approved by some of our most demanding customers, the Equalizer passed all the tests. It's light, fits all Cascade Litters and some other popular brands and its handles articulate into 24 different positions. The Equalizer truly changes the manpower required to perform remote rescue.
To say that the TERRA TAMER is a step forward in the evolution of overland patient transport is an understatement. It's light, simple, easy to break down into a pack-able load and its handling on the trail is unparalleled. It easily overcomes most common trail obstacles and reduces the amount of effort required of rescuers.
Originally requested by our customers, we were reluctant to pursue the use of this type of wheel and tire. While our current Trail Technician utilizes the 26" wheel platform, the larger tire size on the TERRA TAMER increased the height by about 2". Our concern was that the increased height would cause problems due to a higher center of gravity. We were wrong. Handling issues were non-existent and the increased diameter of the tire contributes significantly in overcoming trail obstacles. It also greatly reduces the shock transfer to the patient from rocks and other terrain inconsistencies, creating a more comfortable ride for the patient.
The Cascade Rescue TERRA TAMER is the new standard in overland patient transport.
Get rid of those unrated plastic litters. Cascade has combined two great products at a substantial savings. The Pro Steel Package includes a 2500lb rated Professional Series Steel litter with our Pro Litter Skin. Use it without the skin for urban or industrial rescue. If your situation calls for low angle rescue or you are just forced to drag your litter across rock, snow, ice, pavement or whatever. The Pro Skin will make your life easier and save your litter. Installs in just minutes. Click here to learn more
Visibility as a rescuer on the scene is paramount in low light and low visibility situations. Cascade Rescue is pleased to offer one of the most innovative devices for this purpose available today. The Guardian Angel easily mounts to your shoulder via an exceptionally strong magnetic contact device. It can be quickly detached and adhered to any metal surface at the rescue scene alerting anyone in the vicinity that rescue operations are in process and to steer clear of the emergency scene.
All of us involved in the business of rescuing other know many things. We know technique, the do's and don'ts, rules, acronyms and everything in between. While at time we may debate or even argue about some of these things, there is one thing none of will argue about. That is the need for training. We are honored that the team at Travis County STARFlight produced this training video featuring the Cascade Rescue StableFlight HEMS. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can be priceless.
THE MISSION RIDGE SKI PATROL PUT TOGETHER AN EXCITING NEW VIDEO ON "HIGH PERFORMANCE CPR". THIS VIDEO DETAILS HOW TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY DELIVER CPR IN A SINGLE TOBOGGAN WHILE ENROUTE TO MORE ADVANCED CARE. A DEMONSTRATION OF APPRECIATION FOR THIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK IN THE FORM OF A DONATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE:
STEVE BURCHETT MEMORIAL FUND.
On December 18, 1994 Steve Burchett died from injuries sustained in an avalanche burial while doing avalanche mitigation work at Mission Ridge Ski Area. Steve loved to ski patrol.
As a tribute to Steve and the hard work and dedication he demonstrated every day, the Mission Ridge Patrol created the Steve Burchett Memorial Fund.
THIS IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO HELPING RESCUERS WITH THEIR JOB. PROCEEDS FROM DONATIONS GO TOWARD THE CREATION OF TOOLS LIKE THIS VIDEO ON HIGH PERFORMANCE CPR.
Evacuation Gear to Check - RIGHT NOW
You're ready for your refresher, or are you? Below is a good checklist of rescue gear that should be inspected for safety.
Chair Lift Evacuation Seats: Make sure there are no cracked welds, significant dents or bends in the tubing or seat plate. Any Evacuation Seat with a wooden base should be replaced.
Rope Savers: Inspect for abnormal wear, bending or burrs around the area of rope travel. Ensure that the Line Saver is free and clear of obstructions. If you are using a Line Belay, inspect the area where the belay is welded to the Line Saver. Any cracks or abnormalities should be reported to Cascade Rescue and the device "red tagged" until the device is professionally inspected and repaired or replaced.
- If any Rope Savers have what appears to be a washer welded to the lower section, they should be retired. This is NOT a recall, but a recommendation from the manufacturer based upon the age of these devices as "rescue equipment" and the fact that many people are using them inappropriately. These were made over 20 years ago with the intent of using that point as an attachment point for a tag line. Since then, they have been inappropriately used as a belay point for a mechanical advantage system. These points are not rated for a "man load" and will fail. A Line Belay should be used if a mechanical advantage system is desired.
Ropes: Work as a team to inspect every inch of any rope you may use to support human weight. Fraying, cuts, abrasions, lumps or any thinning of rope segments signal that your rope should be retired. Make sure you keep a good rope log of age, number of sessions and uses.
Carabiners/Belay Devices: Many people take their carabiners for granted. Often they even become a source of bragging rights - "I've had this biner forever and it still works". That's OK, as long as it hasn't been dropped from height or have any dents or significant scratches. If it does, replace it. The risk to your life or others is worth more than the cost of a new carabiner.
Cascade Line Savers have been in use by ski areas for nearly 50 years. Other than our rescue toboggans, they were among the first products offered by the company. Their use is rather simple. The Line Saver is used to reduce the wear caused by lift evacuation operations and to speed the evacuation process itself. To use:
1. Thread the end of the evacuation line (usually an 11mm Kernmantle style rope) through the longer, straight end of the rope.
2. Slide the Line Saver to the approximate middle of the rope. Once done, pull the end of the rope protruding from the longer side of the line saver over the cable from the outside of the cable to the inside. It is crucial the the long end of the line saver goes to the Evacuee and the short end is to the outside of the haul cable to the belay point on the ground.
3. As the Line Saver reaches the cable and with slight tension on both ends of the rope, give it a quick, gentle tug from the inside of the cable. The Line Saver will then roll over the cable and position itself on top of the cable allowing the rope to easily slide through the Line Saver.
4. The rescuer may then attach a Chair Lift Evacuation seat and raise it up to the Evacuee. Because the Line Saver will reduce the friction of the rope over the cable, it is essential that a proper belay system be established by the Patroller on the ground. The Evacuee may then be positioned on the seat and lowered to the ground.
5. When moving to the next chair, the Line Saver can be flipped over the grip with a rolling motion applied to the rope. This works best if both patrollers on each end of the rope maintain a relatively slack line and move slightly ahead of the grip and are positioned approximately 10 feet from either side of the cable. The next chair may then be evacuated.
6. When a tower must be traversed, the line saver must be removed from the haul cable by using the same rolling action and then lowering it to the ground. The process outlined in steps 2 and 3 are then repeated.
Keep in mind that climbing towers to reposition the Line Saver is discourage unless the partipants are trained in high ropes rescue techniques.
Some of the original line savers were quite short on the end that goes to the Belay on the ground, the long end goes down to the evacuee. They were redesigned in the mid-90's and are slightly larger to accommodate larger cable sizes.
If you have any of the line savers that have a washer welded on them, you should retire them. The washer welded on the side was meant for a tag line, but many people started using it as an attachment point for a mechanical advantage system. It IS NOT man rated and dangerous to use in this manner. We have a product called the Line Belay designed for this purpose with a rated point on the device.
RISK MANAGEMENT. Depending upon how heavily the Line Saver has been used, the potential for collapse under load is a possibility. A potentially greater risk is that if someone decided to use the "washer" as a belay point and it failed, you would be left to explain why these were in service when there was a known risk. Ultimately it is your call though. If you think about it, how long would you use something for dangerous work that is 30 plus years old?
Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions! 844-414-RESQ