About the Demonstration

We gathered with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit (EDSARwith the focus of building a "demonstration of skill-sets" in order to fulfill their goal of establishing a "high water mark" for their team. That high water mark was focused through a working knowledge and compliance of artificial high directionals facilitated through the use of two tension rope systems (TTRS).  




EDSAR has two distinctly different sides of the county; the "west slope" and "east slope". The east slope team is primarily the South Lake Tahoe area, while the west slope team is primarily more the "foothills and waterways". Both have unique topography to each which lends to a differential of skill-sets needed for each team. The art was in bringing both groups to an arena that allowed flushing of bias (out) resulting in the creation of beneficial and useful skills (in) and it was a joy to be a part of the process.


The El Dorado County Search and Rescue Technical Rope Rescue Team is committed to a team approach wherein the leadership values the input and perspective of every team member in order to continuously expand the capacities and capabilities of the team.

What You'll Learn

Here are the main focus points we’ll cover during this demonstration:

  • Use of the Arizona Vortex Multipod

  • Twin or Two Tension Rope Systems

  • Physics of building anchors and mechanical advantage systems

  • Elements required to construct and operate safe and efficient raising/lowering systems

  • Clean rigging techniques

  • Scene safety, size-up, and management

  • Rescuer and subject safety

  • System safety evaluation

  • Troubleshooting and problem solving

  • Techniques to secure a subject in the vertical realm

Learn from One of the Best in the Industry

Learn more about your guide for this exclusive demonstration

  • Lance Piatt

    CEO & Founder of Rescue Response Gear & Rigging Lab Academy

    Lance Piatt

    Lance is the Founder and CEO of Rigging Lab Academy and Rescue Response Gear. Currently residing in Sisters, Oregon, Lance spent 10 years with Jefferson County Search and Rescue. He enjoys a variety of hobbies including surfing, trail running, paddling, climbing and mountain biking. His passions are all forms of media, storytelling, and his family. In 2005, Lance created the first-ever “feature-length” training project for the rescue and safety industry called Tower Rescue and the rest, they say, “is history”. Through Rescue Response Gear and Rigging Lab Academy, online training standards for fire departments and search and rescue teams have continued to rise.

Demonstration Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
    • 1.1 Welcome
  • 2
    Unit 2: Floating the Litter Using an A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline
    • 2.1 Floating the Litter Using an A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline
    • 2.2 Video Tutorial: Floating the Litter Using an A-Frame and Gin Pole Trackline
  • 3
    Unit 3: Dynamic Directional Offset System Using an A-Frame and Natural High Directional
    • 3.1 Dynamic Directional Offset System Using an A-Frame and Natural High Directional
    • 3.2 Video Tutorial: Dynamic Directional Offset System Using an A-Frame and Natural High Directional
  • 4
    Unit 4: High Angle A-Frame Litter Raise and Lower with One Attendant
    • 4.1 High Angle A-Frame Litter Raise and Lower with One Attendant
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: High Angle A-Frame Litter Raise and Lower with One Attendant
  • 5
    Unit 5: Trackline Skate Block Using Gin Pole/Monopod AHD
    • 5.1 Trackline Skate Block Using Gin Pole/Monopod AHD
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Trackline Skate Block Using Gin Pole/Monopod AHD
  • 6
    Unit 6: Shared SA Frame - Monopod Trackline
    • 6.1 Shared SA Frame - Monopod Trackline
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Shared SA Frame - Monopod Trackline
  • 7
    Unit 7: Team Scenario - High Angle Two Rope Lower to a Trackline
    • 7.1 Team Scenario - High Angle Two Rope Lower to a Trackline
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: Team Scenario: High Angle Two Rope Lower to a Trackline
  • 8
    Unit 8: Wrap Up
    • 8.1 Wrap Up
    • 8.2 Gear Buying Guide

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