From Simon:

Hi Guys,

The police rescue guys will be holding a training day on Wednesday the 5th of december up at the lost world, and it would be great if you could come along. We recently had a training/chin-wag evening in their shed in North Hobart. This day session will be slightly different as numbers will mostly be made up of Police themselves. There will also be cavers attending.

As some of those attending have very limited experience in vertical rescue techniques, we would be seeking that many of the climbers carry an instructor role into the event. We plan on running a circuit in the morning, covering off a few basic skills, then a group exercise in the afternoon to combine all the skills we have worked on. Included within that will be skills such as:

Cliff Edge safety - how to approach cliff-tops in a safe manner
Basic Rope Skills - ascending/descending, perhaps things like passing knots etc
Basic Hauling Skills - Hauling within a vertical rescue environment, whats appropriate, standards legislation etc.
Vertical Rescue Equipment - SKED familiarisation, tripods?, mirrored raising systems
OH&S Considerations - whats appropriate, what should be documented, why we do what we do (AS1891/AS4488, NFPA1983 etc)

I'd love to see a good turn-out from the climbers. The session we held last year was great, be good to keep building on those skills. It is a weekday so get the time off work/wife now! If you RSVP to me that'd be great.


Simon Young
0407 356 556

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  1. Dont forget training is happening tomorrow! Should the weather be too bad it will be held in their shed so come along still! Rough plan for the day is:


    Meet at Police HQ in North Hobart (gate in Strahan St) at 8am with the intention of arriving at the Lost World car park by 9 (9:30 police time!)

    Walk down to the Lost World with all the clobber then have a more formal briefing and split into 4 or 5 groups.

    The groups will then aim to spend about 1 hour each on the following topics:

    • anchors
    • edge safety
    • raising systems
    • SKED stretcher/barrow boy techniques
    • Petzl ID familiarisation (its the new device we are using for our hauling system)

    Each group will have a leader/instructor but I see all the sessions bar the one specifically on the Petzl I'D (run by Simon) as a forum for us all to share ideas, thoughts, nut out problems, and ask questions. I'm certainly there steal ideas and share any I may have.

    When the group sessions are complete it will most likely be time for lunch (salad rolls will be provided) and after lunch we will put it all into practice and set up a hauling system complete with SKED and run a scenario.

    If time remains after this....


    Climbers will display/discuss some of their systems/techniques we may encounter if a rescue arises. As always if time still permits there is SRT, pickoffs,....the world is your oyster!


    See you there!!


    1. why are these things always such late notice? or did i miss the original post?

      looks like a good day!

      1. oh duh! scroll up dave...


  2. Change of plans, heading to Fruehauf around 9 for the day.