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Rope Use and Classifications
Updated On: Jul 15, 2010
 

NORWALK FIRE DEPARTMENT
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
 
SOP:          2.06
TYPE:          Operations      
TITLE:        Rope Use and Classifications
DATE:        01.05.2007
 
I: ROPE CLASSIFICATIONS

 
  1. LIFELINE: ½ inch or larger kernmantle rope, labeled, inspected and stowed in rope bag.
    1. Used for life safety applications
    2. Hauling fire personnel or patients
    3. Rigging for hauling systems
    4. Each line has an ID number with diameter and length
    5. Engine Companies will have two assigned and stowed in the high side compartment with the driver’s SCBA
 
  1. PERSONAL ESCAPE ROPE
    1. Used for emergency bail out procedures
    2. Life safety search applications
    3. SHOULD NOT be used for hoisting tools
 
  1. UTILITY ROPE
    1. Used for hoisting tools and equipment
    2. Vehicle stabilization applications
 
II: LIFELINE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
 
A.     A quarterly inspection or after use inspection should be completed and logged in the rope inspection bag
B.     Inspection should follow the Pemberthy Method:
1.      Visual inspection, look for:
a.      Discoloration of the sheath
b.      Pics with greater than 50% blown out
c.      Cuts
d.      Glossy, glaze marks (excessive friction heat)
e.      Flat or crushed spots
f.        Grit or dirt
 
 
 
2.      Feel the rope for:
a.      Changes in diameter
b.      Stiffness of fibers, core damage
                                                                                   i.            Hard core could have an object lodged in core
                                                                                 ii.            Soft core could mean stretched fibers
 
 
III: PERSONAL ROPE INSPECTION
 
A.     IF ROPE IS USED FOR AN ACTUAL BAIL OUT ROPE WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE
B.     A quarterly and if rope is used for a search activity inspection should be performed using the same method as lifeline
C.    Periodic checks should be performed to make sure that the rope is not wet in the pouch and turnout pocket
D.    Carabineer shall also be inspected for proper gate movement and screw lock
 
IV: MAINTENANCE
 
A.     If any rope is dirty it can be washed at Station 1 by placing it in laundry bag and washing on the low heat setting
B.     Rope should be stuffed back into the rope bag or personal pouch opposite the way it was deployed. This reduces rope memory
C.    If knots are kept in the rope they should be loosely retied
D.    Rope (lifeline) inspection should be documented in the rope inspection log that matches the rope ID
E.     Any damage or out of service criteria, notify the officer on duty and they shall notify the appropriate officer for replacement
 
 
 
   
 
 

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