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Standards Approved for rescue litters and fixed anchorages.

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August 26, 2010 - Two new ASTM International standards contribute to safety and efficiency of search and rescue operations. ASTM F2821, Test Methods for Basket Type Rescue Litters, lets manufacturers test litter products in same way, resulting in standardized score. ASTM F2822, Specification for Fixed Anchorages Installed on Structures Used for Rope Rescue Training, provides minimum strength requirements for anchorages permanently installed or attached to structures used for rope rescue training.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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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." FIXED ANCHORAGES 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." All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of F32. To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee F32 Next Meeting: Nov. 7-10, in conjunction with the International Technical Rescue Symposium, Golden, Colo.

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