Chairlift evacuation with rescuer on cable
Chairlift evacuation techniques can differ greatly between various sites. Techniques are chosen based on the slope of the cable, the clearance above, the distances between towers, the number of passengers to evacuate, the recovery zone, or other variables. Training is required for a successful and timely execution of this operation.
- Carefully read the Instructions for Use used in this technical advice before consulting the advice itself. You must have already read and understood the information in the Instructions for Use to be able to understand this supplementary information.
- Mastering these techniques requires specific training. Work with a professional to confirm your ability to perform these techniques safely and independently before attempting them unsupervised.
- We provide examples of techniques related to your activity. There may be others that we do not describe here.
1. Rescuer accessing the chair
Back-up belay may be done from the tower. This allows for a mutual verification of the system before the rescuer moves onto the cable. The rescuer is suspended on the ROLLCAB, the GRILLON is slightly slack to allow descent along the cable.
Detail of the pre-rigged kit in the rescue bag
2. Evacuating the passenger
The rescuer descends on the GRILLON to the chair. The PITAGOR harness is installed on the victim, then the victim is evacuated using the I’D descender.