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RECENT TRANSMISSION LINEMEN ROPE ACCESS & RESCUE TRAINING PHOTOS

Meet the Instructor: Reed Thorne

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2014 PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) Rope Access & Rescue

2013/14 NSTAR Transmission Tower Rescue Training

2011 LADWP (Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power) Tower/Conductor Rescue Workshop

  • LADWP rope rescue instructors (L to R) Craig Young, Juan Guevara, Richard Dehemmer, Wade Hildebrand, Ron Beech, Ron "Doc" Morrow, Martin Snow, Graham Peace

  • Crews from LADWP are responsible for over 1,200 circuit miles of EHV DC (extra high voltage direct current) bulk power transmission lines running from Oregon and Utah to the city of Los Angeles. Both lines are 2312 conductor in either twin bundle or tri-bundle configuration. Every year, each of these important bulk power lines are shut down for a period of one full week to allow LADWP crews to maintain hardware, insulators and spacers. All of this work for spacing is done by hand in spacer carts, or "buggies", and not by helicopter. So, as a result, LADWP was keen on developing a cart rescue plan which would allow a second cart to be launched with rescue retrieval rope and hardware. These photos show some of the work done to facilitate this type of structure-based cart rescue. A manikin was used to simulate the victim being lowered from the conductor bundle still within the cart to the ground.

  • Lowering the cart to the ground with the injured lineman in the cart

  • Linemen from LADWP performing mid span rescue of coworker suspended from conductor. A second blue safety line was used in all training as a backup to the main line used for rescue.

  • Linemen from LADWP performing mid span rescue of coworker within a conductor buggy while instructors look on. A manikin was used within the cart to simulate the victim needing rescue.

  • On dead end structures, crews wanted to transport the victim from the "hot" side of the dead end yoke at the end of the ladder to the towers foundation. A tracking line rigged off the conductor bundle was used for this purpose by LADWP linemen.

  • Wade Hildebrand sits on twin bundle 2312 from the Pacific NW-SW Intertie DC line ready to begin a rescue.

  • Linemen instructors watch from a close by man lift as crews attempt rescues off twin conductor of a the Pacific NW-SW Intertie DC line

  • LADWP instructors watch from a close by man lift

  • Line crew members rescue coworkers off of a dead end ladder system on the Pacific NW-SW Intertie DC line.

  • View of training towers for LADWP at the Valley Generating Station in Sun Valley. The Ropes That Rescue training occupied all three of the towers seen in this photo at the same time.

  • LADWP linemen on the bridge of the IPP (Intermountain Power Project) DC line use an AZTEK kit to lift an injured victim off the conductor tri-bundle below. RTR instructor Luke Thorne in red helmet watches rescue.

  • View of Intermountain Power Project taken from the ground.

  • Rescue off of tangent tower of the IPP (Intermountain Power Project) DC line use an AZTEK kit to lift an injured victim off the conductor tri-bundle below. RTR instructor Luke Thorne in red helmet watches rescue.

  • Rescue from the cold end of double barrel V string insulators on the IPP line.

  • RTR Instructor Luke Thorne rappels off man lift while LADWP linemen above prepare for pick off rescue.

  • A 500kv dead end tower with three "stations" for teaching the LADWP linemen on structure-based tower rescue.