Grant Prattley, November 19th, 2019
After 24 hours on the go, three rescuers remained at the top of a 110m pitch. We had rigged a tracking line with a 70m offset with a small team of rescuers. With a few more rescuers, we hauled the patient as well as lots of equipment up the pitch.
After a quick calculation, I realised we had completed over 1000m of hauling in 24 hours! Then, as we were carrying over 100kgs of rescue gear out to the entrance, I thought ‘there must be a better way’!
What can 1000m of hauling in 24hrs and carrying over 100kgs rescue gear do?
To be honest, it nearly broke me, but most importantly, it got me thinking and questioning what we do.
First, we must stop and analyse what we need and then act. Contrary to what you might think the latest rope rescue equipment and high-end techniques are not necessarily going to help you achieve your goals.
My name is Grant Prattley, and I am the founder of Over The Edge Rescue. We help organisations improve their performance. We provide customised rescue solutions to organisations in New Zealand, Australia and around the world.
We find out what you need first, and then working with you, develop a solution.