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    1 Week Ago
    Would you believe that spinal immobilization is on it's way out? It's been proven to do more harm than good in most cases. It's crazy how stuff changes.
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    1 Week Ago
    I have absolutely zero training in aerial tree rescue. That said, rescues are almost always made to be more difficult than they actually are. I think that freezes guys up. I know it froze me up the first time I rescued an unconscious occupant from a burning house. I had the "oh shit" this is the real deal moment with all the stuff I had learned in countless drills and training running through my head. All that needed to be done was carry the guy outside to the medic crew.......boom, done, go finish search and fight fire. I think most tree guys can rig down a limb. Go rig down a climber and get it done, nobody is keeping score when it's real.
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    1 Week Ago
    I ordered 2 for my Fire Department. I think they'll be excellent for that purpose(vs. the 461) I'll take the opportunity to cut some wood while I'm breaking them in. I'll base my purchase personally on how they perform.
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    1 Week Ago
    Just got a call from my dealer. They can order them now.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Fuck Cancer. Fight on...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Rustykfd replied to a thread Stihl MS462 in Chainsaws!
    I’m being told the distributor in the PNW won’t have any until late March.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Rustykfd replied to a thread Stihl MS462 in Chainsaws!
    I will check with them again. Thanks
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Rustykfd replied to a thread Stihl MS462 in Chainsaws!
    Are you guys seeing these available in the USA? I tried to order 2 and my dealer told me they can't get them yet. Something may be going on with my dealer, they only have 4 saws on the shelf right now.
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    02-07-2019
    I don't mean to offend you, nor do I imply I think you are a snowflake. I've been in fire, and specializing in wildfire for 25 years. I'm not too far south of you. Yes, I read the whole article. I agree there is a lot of smoke in recent years. I'm sure it won't prolong your life or mine. My point is that if they really want to see the effects of the smoke that is generated in a wildfire, they should look to the guys/gals that are immersed in it for weeks and months at a time on the front lines, not raise the fears of the public. The firefighters are the ones that get exposed the most. If the exposure to the public was really a big deal and it was truly a life threatening exposure, the wildland firefighter should be dying in droves as their exposure is dramatically higher. The snowflake thing: Well I tend to believe most studies come from universities and such and I believe they have a "snowflake" view of things, generally. I view the people who think they are going to die from the smoke while they are at their main home, away from the fire as said snowflakes. They keep building their "cabins" and "vacation homes" further and further into the trees and then, they can't deal with it when those trees burn as most of them a woefully unprepared. They expect the government to go save their stuff for them. The government saves their stuff by sending guys like me to go eat smoke. Wildfire smoke isn't anything compared to smoke from burning structures, that's the bad stuff. I'd be interested in how they propose we solve this problem.
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    02-07-2019
    I'd take that with a grain of salt. The air we breath every day has traces of most if not way more than their list of the "Chemical Soup". There are lots of people that get very old smoking 2 packs a day. Something is going to kill every one of us, eventually. Our wildland firefighters are and have been receiving very high doses of "forest fire smoke" for many years, delivered in 14 day exposures followed by a couple days R&R, wash rinse and repeat. I'd put much more credence in a study that addresses the wildland firefighter's chronic exposure vs the "snowflake's" acute exposure. I'm always somewhat entertained by the strong healthy residents that cease to be able to function due to the smoke, wallowing in their dust masks and self pity, while we head up the hill for another 16 hour day on the line protecting their vacation home.
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    01-30-2019
    Rustykfd replied to a thread Homemade gear in Gear Forum
    My kinda thread right here!!! I spent all day yesterday rebuilding my brand new BOLA so it'll work like I want it to.
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    01-27-2019
    Add to the irony the fact that forest fire suppression started so those trees could be saved for commercial use. Now we've screwed up the natural fire cycle in the forest so bad and we aren't harvesting enough. Now the forests are full of litter (natural litter), the roads aren't being maintained by the loggers so the firefighters can't gain access as quickly, nor do we have roads/trails to work from for containment. We have continuous fuels from the forest floor to the top of the canopy with no natural separation as would have occurred with the natural fire cycle. It's all fucked up. It's going to take a very long time to fix. We are going to continue to have devastating fires. This is the reality that will likely exist for our lifetimes.
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    01-23-2019
    If you are thinking of using the "Ground Anchor" you "learned" from Daniel, please reference this instead of his "technique".
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    01-19-2019
    I still appreciate the tip.
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    01-18-2019
    I ended up filing a claim with eBay, refund issued in a few days. No other communication from seller.
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    01-08-2019
    Ping me if interested in pictured items. Looking for around 70% of cost on the almost new stuff. HH2 package (sample cords, HH2, shackle, holster, tether, biner) goes together.
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    01-08-2019
    I've worked fires in the area. We have been advised to just ignore and not enter grows. I was also advised if I found a mine entrance with a generator outside, just keep on moving. Now in WA, we have to protect the "crops" weird how times change.
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    01-07-2019
    It's $10...... I'm sure it'll work out, or it won't. I won't be getting worked up over it.
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    01-07-2019
    I've not seen or head anything.
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    12-30-2018
    Human is an interesting guy to watch. If you follow his story, you will be aware he has had a long running battle with depression, that could explain his username. He is a Vet and an ex-con, this has been professed in detail on his "channel". I wouldn't be surprised if his initial reaction to that situation was defensive in nature, that's not uncommon in "Alpha" type guys. Maybe he has learned from the mistake. I applaud the guy for being open and honest and working hard to get on the right path. I don't think he needs a public beat down for making a mistake in a tree. Sure we can learn from the video of the mistake, as I'm sure he will, but I don't see the need to crucify the guy.
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    12-28-2018
    I'll add to this discussion from a Fire Captain's perspective. Most smoke detectors were designed to last 10 years with a battery change annually. We run a lot of false alarms caused by old smoke detectors, I believe newer detectors are better at alarming when they should. There was a period of hardwired detectors that came with and without battery backups. You want a battery backup. The new generation stand alone smoke detectors can be purchased with a 10 year lithium battery. You just replace the whole thing every 10 years. These are my favorite detector. They are especially well suited for spots that are hard to access, you only have to get to it once every 10 years. In my area, building codes are going overboard, in my opinion, requiring a detector in every room and hallway. I would recommend at a minimum one in the hallway adjacent to bedrooms and one on each floor, stay away from the kitchen. Add a CO detector if you have gas appliances, wood stove, fireplace, etc.
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    12-27-2018
    Seems a good deal. I just grabbed one as well. Thanks for passing that on.
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    12-18-2018
    How about a webbing anchor and a 3-1 with a prusik/prusik minding pulley. Capture progress, don’t screw up anchor tree, and mechanical advantage. And you can pull it off yourself.
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    12-18-2018
    Rustykfd replied to a thread Motorcycling. in The Rec Room
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    12-18-2018
    Rustykfd replied to a thread Motorcycling. in The Rec Room
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    11-30-2018
    coquettish......had to look that one up. I'd love to see some splicing ideas. I ordered another 120' of 1/2" Tenex yesterday........
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    11-29-2018
    Yes I have OCGD, but I try to be a little responsible with my spending and I like to build as much of my stuff as I can. I have a 13x36 lathe, small mill, welding/cutting gear, etc in my shop and have built everything from bumpers, headache racks to rifles and dive gear. The top I negative rigged displayed the need to redirect and add control at the base of the tree and I've got some more trees lined up that will require more control. So I made a trip to my metal supplier as well as ordering some Tenex over the Black Friday weekend. I'm pretty satisfied for my first couple of projects: I expect the 5/8 Tenex will be overkill for the stuff I plan in the near future, but at least it won't be too small. I've been splicing 3 strand since I was 12 in Scouts, I got a little taste of DBL Braid in the USCG, and I've played a little with hollow core in the past, it seems Tenex is ridiculously easy and versatile to work with. The Porta-wrap is all stainless, TIG welded and should be adequate for my 1/2" ropes. I learned a couple things on this one that I will improve next time.
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I've been climbing trees and cutting trees for a long time, I am learning how to put those together the right way now. I'm in it for a hobby.
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