Petzl RopeTrip: a resoundingly successful 2014 edition! The second edition of the Petzl RopeTrip took place from May 29-31, 2014, in Uppsala, Sweden. The event brought together more than one hundred rope access specialists from around the world to discuss their profession and to share their broad range of experience. The rope access competition was the focal point of the gathering, allowing each team of rope access specialists to demonstrate their technical skills and ability to work well together. Following a strong performance in all disciplines, the Russian team ALPEX took first place the competition. A quick report on this fantastic adventure… Rope access and confined space
Relive GrimpDay 2014: videos, photos, interviews, and results! GrimpDay's ninth edition took place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Namur, Belgium. Over time, the city has become the world capital for this international challenge for search and rescue in hazardous environments. This year GrimpDay, organized by the Namur Fire Department, drew more than 250 participants from the four corners of the planet. Petzl is proud to be one of GrimpDay's founding and technical partners, with the help of Alpitec, its agent in the Benelux countries. Technical rescue
Labor of love: RAID police RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), is an elite tactical unit within the French National Police force. Founded in 1985 and led by General Control Jean-Michel FAUVERGUE, the unit operates under the authority of the National Police's Director General within the Ministry of the Interior. RAID is the central unit with the FIPN (National Police Intervention Force), a group created in 2009 that also includes "regional satellite' units: the seven GIPN, now referred to as "RAID Satellites", in France's primary urban centers (Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Strasbourg, Rennes, Bordeaux and Nice), and the BRI-BAC in Paris (Anti-Crime Brigade). RAID has the jurisdiction to operate throughout France. The unit's operational assignments include Research (locating wanted individuals), Assistance to other police units (either operational or technical), operational Intervention (interrogating dangerous individuals), and Deterrence (often situations are resolved simply by indicating that a RAID unit is on the way).
Technical Rescue: Nighttime exercises in the French Alps Monday, February 18, 2013, 8:30pm. In the Dévouluy Mountains of France’s Hautes-Alpes department, GMSP 05’s (Hautes-Alpes Firefighter Mountain Rescue Group) red van comes to a halt in the Pic de Bure aerial tram parking lot. On board the search and rescue team is preparing to start a winter nighttime mountain rescue exercise. The goal is simple, simulate rescuing a skier who has fallen into Rocher de Corne’s Chourum cave and then transport the victim to the parking lot where an ambulance will be waiting with medical personnel. Technical rescue