Original Press Release
ASTM Search and Rescue Committee Approves New Standards on Rescue Litters and Fixed Anchorages
Press release date: August 24, 2010
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Two new ASTM International standards on rescue litters and fixed anchorages will contribute to the safety and efficiency of search and rescue operations. Both standards were developed by Subcommittee F32.01 on Equipment, Testing and Maintenance, part of ASTM International Committee F32 on Search and Rescue.
BASKET TYPE RESCUE LITTERS
Until the development of ASTM F2821, Test Methods for Basket Type Rescue Litters, there had not been a standardized means for manufacturers to test these rescue devices, according to John McKently, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and an F32 member.
"ASTM F2821 was developed because there was no standard available that allowed manufacturers to test litter products in the same way," says McKently. "Now, potential customers will have confidence in what they buy, based on a standardized score for the product in question. An additional advantage is the ASTM F2821 tests litters in the way that they will eventually be used."
According to McKently, the impetus for the development of ASTM F2822, Specification for Fixed Anchorages Installed on Structures Used for Rope Rescue Training, was similar to that of ASTM F2821. In this case, the standard was developed to provide minimum strength requirements for anchorages permanently installed or attached to training towers or other structures used for rope rescue training.
"If the anchor meets the standard, it will have an adequate margin for safety," says McKently. "For builders and owners of structures such as high angle training facilities, there should be cost savings in that now there is a number to design and build to when installing this type of anchor."
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ASTM Committee F32 Next Meeting: Nov. 7-10, in conjunction with the International Technical Rescue Symposium, Golden, Colo.