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  • Cascade Rescue TERRA TAMER

    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.

  • Pro-Steel Package

    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

  • Your personal Guardian Angel

    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.

    http://www.archangeldevice.com/fire-ems-rescue/
  • STARFlight does it right. Train, train and train

    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.

    https://youtu.be/vb6y3a17goU

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE CPR

    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.

    (CLICK HERE TO DONATE)

  • Early Season Refresher

    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.

  • Lift Evacuation

    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

  • Cascade Rescue Offers Chairlift and Gondola Evacuation Training

    Lift Evacuation Training

    Cascade Rescue now offers on-site or local training for proper and safe lift, gondola and tram evacuation methods. The ever increasing year round use of all types of lifts at ski areas are focusing more attention on operations by State and Federal regulatory agencies. As such, more and more areas seeking to increase safety and mitigate their risk are turning to professional trainers.

    Here at Cascade Rescue Company, we staff both full and part-time trainers that are extremely well versed in ropes rescue.  Proper technique for tower climbing and rescue, rope access and self-rescue.  Who better to work with than the company that manufactures the equipment  you use every season.  We can offer you a full "Lift Evacuation" refresher course tailored to meet your needs.  Our normal training offers:

    -  Tower climbing refresher

    -  Self-rescue

    -  Rope access essentials

    -  Proper lift-evacuation procedures

    -  Evaluation of your current process and equipment used

    -  Recommendations for improvement

    -  Regulatory issues facing ski areas and their employees

    -  Control of lift-evacuation in disaster and severe weather conditions

    -  Evacuee management and care

    If your situation requires a unique approach to rescue, we are happy to custom tailor an educational program tailored to suit your needs.  Call us today for a discussion on your needs.  1-844-414-RESQ

  • Cascade Rescue adds CMC Rescue and Rock Exotica products to offerings

    At Cascade Rescue, we listen to our customers.  Rescue scenarios are becoming more challenging all the time.  Better methods are being created all the time making for safer, faster and more efficient rescues.  Ski areas are adapting from "ski areas" to year around "fun" centers.  These changes drive new challenges for rescuers.  Compared to snow and winter terrain challenges, summer brings a whole host of new issues.  Rocks, increased work at height requirements, easier access to back country area, wildlife hazards and more.

    As such, we have added two new, very important lines of rescue equipment.  California based CMC Rescue is a company with deep roots in the world of rescue making innovative and functional products.  Rock Exotica is a company dedicated to the design, development and production of groundbreaking new products of exceptional capability.  

    Cascade is a company dedicated to manufacturing unique products that help people save other people.  Our toboggans, litters, trail wheels and Gondola and Lift Evacuation gear are core products.  However, these products often demand the use of other rescue equipment.  Carabiners, ropes, rigging gear and more.  That's why we now offer CMC and Rock Exotica as well as Petzl, PMI, Conterra, SMC and more.

  • Low and High Angle Use of a Cascade Toboggan

    Use of a Cascade Rescue Toboggan in Low, Steep and High Angle Rescue

    The use of any Cascade Rescue Company toboggan in any "rope rescue" situation is a topic often encountered in both "in-area" and out of bounds scenarios. From time to time it may be necessary to immobilize a "subject" in a rescue toboggan to extract them from what could be a precarious position. This extraction would take place in an area that the rescuer did not feel comfortable skiing the subject and toboggan out of, or was in a location that prevented that activity altogether.

    Primarily, the question of "What do I attach to on my Cascade Toboggan to raise or lower it downhill?" (commonly, but incorrectly known as "belaying" - see definition below). While we have seen many methods employed to do this, there is only ONE CORRECT ANSWER.

    The only safe way to raise or lower a Cascade Toboggan in any situation is by using Factory Installed Belay Points. While there are many places that carabiners, rope or webbing could be attached to a toboggan, it doesn't mean it is a good idea to do so. In fact, it is unsafe to use anything other than the Belay Points. Each potential attachment point on a Cascade Toboggan has a specific purpose and are named appropriately. For example, Tail Ropes, Handle Uprights, Carry Handles - all are self explanatory in terms of their correct use. If you envision you will be using your toboggan in a low angle, vertical or horizontal lifting exercise, then the use of Cascade Belay Points are mandatory. Use of other attachment points exposes you, your patrol and ski area to unnecessary risk and may seriously injure your patient and those nearby.

    Low, Steep and High Angle Systems

    Configuring a Cascade Toboggan with Belay Points is fairly straightforward. The subject's head should always be uphill whenever possible and the nose or Bow of the toboggan should always be pointed in the direction of travel. Below is a picture of the recommended configuration. In this system we use approximately 15 feet of 1" high strength webbing. Each end of the webbing is attached to the toboggan Belay Point and tied off using either a "Round Turn" and two half hitches or a Round Turn with a half hitch and a square knot. Alternatively, a Clove Hitch with a half hitch safety knot. Whichever is easiest to teach and remember is usually the best. Once the webbing has been secured to the toboggan, pull the webbing forward and center an Overhand Knot on a bight in the center. This will serve as the attachment point for your haul line.

    Round Turn, Two half hitches Clove Hitch w/half hitch tie off Complete Harness w/Overhand

    Vertical Raise in Horizontal Position

    To raise or lower a toboggan using the Belay Points is also quite easy when using the proper technique and components. In the example below we have rigged a toboggan to be raised or lowered while keeping the toboggan in a horizontal position. To accomplish this, we are using 4 AustriAlpine Big Hook Carabiners and a PMI Tarantula Litter Harness. It is beneficial to use a litter harness that allows the rescuer to adjust the orientation of the toboggan. A slightly "head up" orientation provides increased subject comfort.

    Patient Packaging

    When working in low, steep and high angle situations it is important to ensure the subject is securely "packaged" in the toboggan. Local protocols should always be followed, but at a minimum the subject should be wearing some form of seat or full body harness and secured to the toboggan using the belay points. A simple Swiss harness of 1" webbing is sufficient for most applications. The subject should be secured as to minimize any movement within the toboggan regardless of position of the toboggan.

    *Definition of BELAY

    The securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point (as during mountain climbing); also : a method of securing a person or rope

    Warning

    During any activity involving “work at height” or technical rescue, all safety and local protocols must be followed. Only trained and experienced personnel in the use of high incline and ropes rescue techniques can properly use these devices or complete these actions. Failure to follow these rules may result in severe injury, including death to the user and or rescue subjects.

    Any questions, comments or concerns may be addressed to Dana Jordan at Cascade Rescue Company. 208-263-2484 or djordan@cascade-rescue.com