Rope Rescue for Firefighting

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by Ken Brennan, Captain, City of Dover (NH) Fire and Rescue Services and NH and ME State Fire Instructor

  • Step-by-Step Guide for Rope Rescue
  • Chapter Illustrations Cover Knots, Ascent, Rigging Systems, and Anchor Points
  • Identifies Critical Techniques Required for Rope Rescue

This book helps to establish effective and safe technical rope rescue operations. Brennan begins by aiding you in identifying the risks in the area that you are operating in and assessing your organizational strengths and needs, then follows with a discussion of the various rope rescue components. Includes illustrations of the knots and systems mentioned.


  • Assessing a community's needs
  • Organization
  • Safety and personal protective equipment
  • Rope
  • Hardware
  • Knots
  • Anchor points
  • Anchor systems
  • Belaying and running protection
  • Access and packaging
  • Descending
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • Transportation systems
  • Personal ascending
  • Traversing
  • Glossary
  • Answers to study questions
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography

289 pages/Softcover/1998
ISBN10 0-912212-61-6