As with any tool, it's always good to have a backup. I think you'll find that many carry webbing of some sort.
What kind of new technology are you referring to that might replace the use of webbing?
As you might already know from using the search bar on the page, as well as numerous youtube videos and articles in other fire magazines, that there are many uses for webbing on and off the fireground. I still carry it and will likely not get rid of it.
I applaud your interest in learning something new, and the search for knowledge.
I agree with Derek webbing is a very useful tool with more than one use I keep a piece in my pocket ,always have always will
I always carry webbing. I have used it for pulling victims out of house's. I have used it to tie up suction hose over bridges to do drafting. I have used it to keep doors open. I even had to use it once to bail out a window. I'm not sure you would ever get rid of webbing; there are hundreds of things it can be used for.
always have a 30' section of webbing in left thigh pocket of bunker pants. Have used it for raising/lowering tools from residential roofs, holding vehicle doors open for victim removal...etc. Can't guess what technology would replace webbing unless State Farm starts to license the "Like a good neighbor state farm is there...in my office" technology for me to teleport stuff from the firehouse to the scene
Why do you carry so much webbing? I carry a 20 foot section and an 8 foot section.
the webbing in my thigh pocket is colored green and is my general use stuff. I also carry a 20' section for my safety that is colored orange.
With a carabiner you can use webbing for just about anything you use rope for but takes up much less room. Other uses: securing the loop in a 2 1/2 for exterior operations, helping secure blitz fire nozzle, hook into metal door wedge to help in area search, hand to another FF to aid in large area search.