Among many things, COVID-19 has changed the way we must approach our methods of disinfecting rescue, and first aid equipment. Bloodborne pathogens have always been challenging to deal with. Now, the introduction of an easily transmitted viral threat has made it apparent that there's a need to increase the diligence with which we approach PPE and disinfecting techniques. Careful selection of products are also a consideration, as we evaluate everything we use and its ability to be adequately sanitized.
How To Clean Fabric and Other Products
We are often asked how to clean fabric, and other products, that have been contaminated with body fluids. While the rules are not absolute, the information below helps with products made of nylon, poly, vinyl or similar fabrics. Other, more substantial products like toboggans and litters can also be disinfected using these measures.
The NFPA standard for cleaning rescue gear of blood borne pathogens calls for a solution of 60 ml of household bleach for every 4 liters of tap water or 1/4 cup per gallon.
The item is soaked for 10 minutes and then thoroughly rinsed off. Alcohol can be used to speed drying. Thoroughly rinsing the product is very important to ensure the bleach solution doesn't damage the material over long term contact. (See additional notes below)
COVID Resistant Products
At Cascade Rescue Company, we are proud to be able to support the containment of these pathogens with a select group of featured products:
Cascade Wrap Splints: Not only can it be repeatedly washed with anti-viral solutions, but this innovative splint designed at Cascade Rescue is also made of heavy-duty 18oz vinyl with a cold crack resistance of -40 degrees which covers a cushy 1.5" foam pad laminated to a flexible backing.
Cascade Patient Protector: Custom designed to fit your Cascade Toboggan or litter, this may be the best thing that you can do for your patient. Manufactured of heavy-duty and waterproof vinyl, this padded wrap is tailored to easily enclose your patient in order to keep them warm, dry, and feeling secure on their way down the mountain.
Cascade Patient Packaging Tarp: The same size as our HD Cold Weather Pack Cover but made from 18 oz striated vinyl. This tarp is 100% waterproof and very durable, making it ideal for stowing gear inside your toboggan or litter.
The concentration of bleach explained above is 1.5%.
NEVER use a higher concentration of bleach than stated above. Higher bleach concentrations are known to seriously damage nylon.
ALWAYS rinse products thoroughly after the 10 minute exposure to the bleach mixture.
After rinsing, allow the product to dry in a cool dry place, but not in direct sunlight. The use of a fan to blow air across the product can be used to speed the drying process. Do NOT lay products out on asphalt, concrete or other potentially hot surfaces to dry.
Excerpt from DuPont Technical Information - Nylon - Bulletin N-161
THE GREAT SUMMER SALE IS ON!
The much anticipated Cascade Rescue Summer Sale is on. From August 1st until August 31st we are offering FREE freight on all Rescue Toboggans, Litters and Trail Wheels shipped within the continental United States. We all know how expensive shipping has gotten these days - especially on items as big and Litters and Toboggans. Here's what this means to you:Toboggans you SAVE: $165.00 per Toboggan
Trail Wheels you SAVE: $65.00 per Trail Wheel
Litters you SAVE: $135.00 per Litter
It's easy to see what a great deal this is for you!
Terms and Conditions: Sale begins August 1st, 2020, and ends August 31st, 2020. All orders must be pre-paid by August 31st, 2020 to be eligible for Summer Sale discounts. Orders may be phoned in or placed at cascade-rescue.com. Online orders must be paid for with a credit card, orders placed with a Purchase Order number will be charged freight and billed at the time of shipment. Offer does not apply to GSA negotiated price purchases. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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Harken Industrial Announces Acquisition of Premier Manufacturer of Alpine, Fire and Military Outdoor Rescue Equipment, Cascade Rescue Company of Sandpoint, ID.
Harken Industrial announces an agreement to acquire Cascade Rescue Company of Sandpoint, Idaho. The acquisition, effective from February 1, 2020, provides Harken Industrial the potential to expand distribution of Cascade’s products, and bundle them with services of Harken Industrial’s Elevated Safety Company and complementary products manufactured by Harken Industrial in offerings attractive to even more new markets.
From the introduction of its first rescue Toboggan in 1962, Cascade has produced the most durable and technologically advanced rescue gear for those who risk their lives to save others.
“From the minute we met Dana Jordan and began to understand Cascade Rescue in detail, we felt the approach to serving the customers, making the best gear and treating our employees both companies take, was an incredible match. At Harken Industrial, we’re excited to help continue their tradition of amazing service as we work together to grow.” – Matt Malec, C.O.O., Harken Inc.
“Rapid growth creates its own set of rewards and opportunities. We felt that support of continued growth for Cascade required partnering with a larger company ideally with a larger global footprint and experience in areas of manufacturing and international distribution that we simply didn’t have. Being part of Harken Industrial puts us in the position to educate ourselves to improve our competitiveness, while keeping up with our own growth.” –Dana Jordan, President, Cascade Rescue.
Cascade Rescue will continue to operate from its Sandpoint location. Dana Jordan and staff will continue day-to-day operations. Harken Industrial will provide tools, and resources to help the Cascade Brand expand and thrive while maintaining the values and high standards that have made the company outstanding.
About Cascade Rescue
Cascade Rescue Company manufactures the highest quality, most durable, reliable and technologically advanced rescue gear for those who risk their lives to save others. Whether you are a member of a Fire Department, Ski Patrol, EMS Unit, Sheriff’s Office or Search and Rescue Unit, Cascade Rescue makes the Equipment you know you can trust. Since 1962, our products have proven themselves over the years to be the best in the business. Cascade Rescue continues to seek out ways to improve on our existing excellence so that we can provide you with the best gear possible! For more information please visit www.cascade-rescue.com.
About Harken Industrial
Harken Industrial engineers and manufactures a wide range of efficient, durable lightweight, load-handling and safe access solutions. Our low-friction products include fiber rope winches, pulleys, trolley and rail systems, static attachments, rope ascent and controlled descent products. Where required, all have regulatory certifications for human suspension and fall protection.
Harken Industrial is a division of Harken Inc., a company with more than 50 years of experience at the technological front of the sailing equipment industry. This expertise has empowered us to develop industrial equipment that can withstand the harshest environmental conditions.
With eight offices globally and a distributor network across 29 countries, our world-renowned service ensures that teams and end users can maximize productivity by completing their work safely, efficiently and on time.
For more information visit www.harkenindustrial.com.
Matt Malec: COO, Harken Industrial, USA
Many of you have likely heard that there is a new Lift Evacuation Guide being published. YES, it’s true. As with so many things, it is still a work in progress. We anticipate it will be published before year end. Having said that, we know most of you need information now. To that end, we have written a brief blog post describing a few essentials. Understand, this information is not all inclusive, but does cover some basic information to be aware of as you conduct Lift Evacuation.
Lift evacuation is likely one of, if not the most hazardous task an employee of a ski resort will perform even though it is not an inherently dangerous task. People safely work at height every day with an accident rate lower than that of driving an automobile. What makes the activities surrounding lift evacuation so dangerous is that it is a “Low Frequency, High Risk” task. Low frequency in that lifts do not break down regularly (if they are properly maintained). High risk in that there is often little time and frequency devoted to adequately train those engaged in the process of evacuating a lift. In short, it doesn’t happen often and neither does training for the event.
The intent of the manual in-process is to assist in the creation of a safe and comprehensive Lift Evacuation Plan (LEP). It is meant to help those not steeped in a rope rescue background to understand and adopt safe and commonly accepted techniques. This includes the planning process, applicable standards, best practices, acceptable required equipment and techniques, and training. It is important to note that the manual will not be all encompassing of every acceptable rescue practice. Rescue and work at height are often conducted under variable and dynamic environments.
This brief blog post is simply to apprise you of the current state of the new Lift Evacuation Guide and to offer some key information and recommendations regarding lift evacuation.
The ski industry has seen great changes in practices and regulations over the last few years. As such, standards created by ANSI and OSHA have very much come to the forefront of operations. Two key ANSI standards that everyone should be aware of are: B77.1 and Z359. If you don’t have copies of those standards, we suggest you visit the ANSI website and acquire them. Specific to those standards are the required use of autolocking carabiners and use of “life safety rope” with a breaking strength of not less than 5,000 pounds – also see OSHA 1910 and 1926. Generally speaking, any OSHA regulation will supersede other standards.
Another recommendation based upon commonly accepted practices is for the belayer wear at minimum a seat harness and use some form of auto-stopping belay device such as a Petzl I’d Evac or other similar. This ensures that if the belayer loses contact with the rope, the descent will auto-stop. the use of a Rope Saver or Line Belay device is also recommended.
A word on Rope Savers and Evac “T” Seats.
Rope Savers: As posted in previous blogs, inspect for abnormal wear, bending or burrs around the area of rope travel. Ensure that the Line Saver is free and clear of obstructions. If you are using a Line Belay, inspect the area where the belay is welded to the Line Saver. Any cracks or abnormalities should be reported to Cascade Rescue and the device "red tagged" until the device is professionally inspected and repaired or replaced.
If any Rope Savers have what appears to be a washer welded to the lower section, they should be retired. This is NOT a recall, but a recommendation from the manufacturer based upon the age of these devices as "rescue equipment" and the fact that many people are using them inappropriately. These were made over 20 years ago with the intent of using that point as an attachment point for a tag line. Since then, they have been inappropriately used as a belay point for a mechanical advantage system. These points are not rated for a "man load" and will fail. A Line Belay should be used if a mechanical advantage system is desired.
Chairlift Evacuation Seats - “T Seats” All chairlift evacuation seats made by Cascade Rescue Company should be inspected annually before use and after every use. The inspector should make sure there are no cracked welds, significant dents or deformations to the tubing or seat mounting plate. The screws and nuts that hold the seat to the seat mounting plate should be tight and free of rust and corrosion. Any Chair Lift Evacuation Seat that has a wooden base should be retired and replaced due to age, regardless of outward appearance.
That’s it for now. We appreciate your patience while we put the finishing touches to the new Lift Evacuation Guide. It is our intent to provide the best information in the most understandable format possible. In the meantime, please be patient and keep doing what Patrollers do best.
The Toboggan (And Everything Else) Summer Sale!
We’re doing something different this year and offering a way to save more on toboggans and almost EVERYTHING else.
Here's how it works
Orders over $1,000 receive a 10% discount
Orders over $1,500 receive a 15% discount
Orders over $2,000 receive a 20% discount
Orders over $3,000 receive a 25% discount
Do the math! It's pretty easy to see how your savings will stack up.
Terms and Conditions: Sale begins August 1st, 2019 and ends August 31st, 2019. All orders must be pre-paid by August 31st, 2019 to be eligible for Summer Sale discounts. Some exclusions apply: Maximum discount of 15% on CMC gear and Conterra vacuum mattresses. Orders may be placed via phone or email. Internet orders will not reflect Summer Sale discounts. Call us at 844-414-RESQ (7377)
Just a friendly reminder as everyone completes their annual equipment inspection of chair lift evacuation equipment. All chairlift evacuation seats made by Cascade Rescue Company should be inspected annually before use and after every use. The inspector should make sure there are no cracked welds, significant dents or deformations to the tubing or seat mounting plate. The screws and nuts that hold the seat to the seat mounting plate should be tight and free of rust and corrosion. Any Chair Lift Evacuation Seat that has a wooden base should be retired and replaced due to age, regardless of outward appearance.
Contest will run from 12AM Sept 1, 2018 to 12 AM November 1, 2018. Must be 18 years or older to win. Sterling Rope Employees, Sponsored Athletes, and Sterling Dealer Employees are not eligible to win. You don't need to be present to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. 1 entry per person, per week. Winner will be drawn Monday, November 5, 2018 and winner will be contacted via email. Winner has one week to respond and accept prize. Prizes will be shipped to valid North American addresses only.
All entries become the property of Sterling. Sterling reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including email submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.
Sterling is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, Sterling may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Climbing is a potentially hazardous activity and cannot be made safe.
All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Sterling in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.
Sterling Rope Company, Inc., 26 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME 04005, 207-282-2550, marketing@SterlingRope.com
The Annual Summer Sale is on! This year we're offering FREE SHIPPING on all toboggan orders. But wait - there's MORE! Take 20% off all Petzl and Sterling products ordered at the same time, AND 15% off of anything else ordered at the same time. If you want to save money, now is the time to do it!
T&C's - All orders must be placed between August 1st and August 31st and be paid for before September 1st, 2018. 20% discount applies to Petzl and Sterling products only. 15% discount applies only to all regular price items and does not apply to sale, pro-deal or close out items. Summer Sale toboggans (and other items ordered with toboggans) will begin shipping on a first come, first served basis in late September and October . Additional items added to toboggan orders may be shipped earlier upon request and availability. Shipping charges will apply. Free shipping applies to orders shipped within the continental US only.
Limited Time Offer-Better than Freedom FriesFrom July 1st through July 4th, we're offering $150 off on all Cascade Advance and Professional Series Litters and Trail Wheels. Even better, save 15% on everything ordered with these great products! This is a no-brainer. Summer is here and with that comes a variety of injuries requiring extrication. Be ready and save your team some money too.
We are often asked how to clean cloth products that have been contaminated with body fluids. While the rules are not absolute, this information does help with products made of nylon or similar.
The NFPA standard for cleaning rescue gear of blood borne pathogens calls for a solution of 60 ml of household bleach for every 4 liters of tap water or 1/4 cup per gallon. The item is soaked for 10 minutes and then thoroughly rinsed off. Alcohol can then be used to speed drying. The rinse would be very important to be sure the bleach doesn't damage the nylon over long time contact.
1) The concentration of bleach explained above is 1.5%.
2) NEVER use a higher concentration of bleach than stated above. Higher bleach concentrations are known to seriously damage nylon.
3) ALWAYS rinse the rope thoroughly after the 10 minute exposure to the bleach mixture.
4) After rinsing, allow the rope to dry in a cool dry place, but not in direct sunlight. The use of a fan to blow air across the rope can be used to speed the drying process. Do NOT lay the rope out on asphalt or concrete surfaces to dry.
Excerpt from DuPont Technical Information - Nylon - Bulletin N-161