Tom Pendley
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At 8:53am on February 26, 2015, Jimmy Lin said…

Mr Pendley,thanks for sharing your paper and it was very lucky for me to have an opportunity reading your article on TTRS.Personally,I think your point of view on TTRS is a value to all USAR and safety officers like me.In fact,most lowering system(aka belay system) are based on TTRS,but largely using non-tensioned line.As for the TTRS mentioned in your paper,two riggers operate two DCDs simutaniously,one for belay and the other for working.All due respect,Mr Pendley,there seems to be one aspect ignoring in your paper.Because each DCD has its own speed for lowering,if you want both DCDs to work at a same pace,you have to use two DCDs of the same type.For instance,as we all know,MPD is slower than ID,and ID is slower than rescue 8 if you let go of the rope end.Another advice is,it's hard for two firemen controlling two DCDs at an absolute same pace even with the same type of DCDs.If one of the firemen (the rigger) is slower,a rope redundancy comes out,meaning a potential danger appears inevitably.My conception is to add a pulley at the end of the joint of both working line and belay line.Both working line and belay line are secured by a three-wrapped prusik.If any line fails,the prusik will hold it and if the prusik doesn't make it,another line still works,like how DRT works.The travelling pulley makes both ends of the ropes working at the same pace because the direction of load is always downward,which I personally think will mitigate the misoperation of firemen.What do you say to my conception?By the way,Mr Pendley,I am looking forward to learn more from you,thanks and stay safe.

At 9:01pm on March 2, 2009, Rick Westerman said…
Hey Tom, found your profile, glad your a part of this site. Your expertise will be a value to all of us here. I hope that you will actively participate as all can learn from your position as a BC. Feel free to contact me, would like to meet up with you in the tactics and strategy forum. Read my post and review my IAP, would be interested in hearing your plan of attack, and your evaluation of my first on scene plan.

thanks Tom, hope to hear from you Brother,

Rick Westerman
At 7:45am on February 19, 2009, Leo Cartwright said…
Hi there Tom; Leo from Australia, Paramedic; Welcome to FFN hope U enjoy the site and gather many friends during your stay. If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends.
I also collect Patches and badges; If U are interested and If U send me your postal address via my Email I will post you one of my State Ambulance Service Badge, (patch) for exchange of one of your service patches,
My Email is (LECAR1@BIGPOND.NET.AU) and/or my address is:-
Leo Cartwright J.P. 246 Kay Street; TRARALGON; Victoria; Australia; 3844

Cheers Leo
At 1:35am on February 19, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Tom, welcome to the Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy just jump in anywhere and get your feet wet. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.

Chief William Sharp
Southern Oregon Coast

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