This Reflective Vest is ideal for construction, municipalities, shipyards, and anywhere hi-visibility apparel is necessary.
- Breathable polyester mesh
- Breakaway provides additional safety around extreme traffic hazards, moving machinery or equipment
- Hook and loop closures
- 2″ silver reflective tape
- 2 internal lower pockets
- 1 external chest pocket with 1 pen pocket
- Available in hi-vis lime yellow and hi-vis orange
What is Type/Class R2?
Type/Class R2 apparel is necessary for workers exposed to traffic traveling over 25 mph and who work against complex backgrounds
- Class 2 Mesh Vest
- 5-Point Breakaway
- Hook & Loop Closure
- 3 Pockets
- Yellow or Orange with Matching Trim
- 2-inch Silver Tape
- SIZES: S-5X
“Imitation is the Sincerest form of Flattery”
This proverbial expression dates from the early 19th century, although versions of it that paraphrased the same thought existed well before then.
When we came out with our RSS Aluminum Hook we knew that we were onto something unique when we added a Kevlar Pull tab to the top of the Hook. Since then, we have seen several versions of the hook at various shows and that makes us feel good. We have the attention of our competitors and drive them to do better.
You see, we have had a lot of “firsts” at RIT Safety Solutions when it comes to FF Personal Escape Systems.
First Pre-Rig Fire Rated Personal Escape System – UL Certified in 1998
First to use aramid fibers for personal escape line
We are not a company that provides rock climbing equipment, we are true Firefighter driven business that pushes other companies to do their best, while keeping our eyes open for the next “first”.
Jeff Riechmann is an American Hero. Jeff is passionate about two things: Helping others and climbing. I am sure there are many other things he enjoys, but helping others and climbing are near the top of the list.
Several years ago Jeff came up with the idea to give children with disabilities the chance to “climb, soar and experience an exciting new adventure” by climbing a rock wall. This gave them the feeling of accomplishment and made them feel good. The program continues to grow and thanks to Jeff and his team, gives children the joy and sense of accomplishment that builds confidence. Thanks you Jeff!!
Wing’s Center, December 7, 2014
Red Rush Nitrous Oxide Boost drink would join the posse as the t-shirt sponsor for the next event held at the Wings Center in Boise on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Unfortunately, only two courageous climbers participated, but they had an excellent time which means the event was a success.
Members of the Boise Fire Department technical rescue team and Ada County paramedics special operations team helped support the event once again. They “played” with the EZ Don harness, seeing if it would be possible to hoist a physically challenged child along the climbing wall. Donovan Dunn played the victim and the rescuers proved that this would be a valuable component in the posse’s tool box for future events. Several of the kids in attendance would also get their very own personal tour of the emergency vehicles staged in the parking lot for the event.
With all of the belayers (some traveling from as far as Mountain Home, ID.) present along with several other children, Jess Curtis, events manager at the Wings Center, opened the gym to everyone present. Many kids got their first chance to climb. Among these was Jared Hill. Although a little too old to be a kid, Jared filled the role of being Jeff’s assistant. After watching the children with special needs climbing, Jared decided to give it a try and was hooked! He had a smile on his face all the way back to Council!
Red Rush sent out a videographer who took video of the kids climbing as well as a belayer or two climbing the wall and drinking Red Rush Nitrous Oxide Boost. Channel 6 and 7 in Boise sent out video journalists to the cover the event and climber Kyle Steel made his television debut, having been interviewed about his climbing adventures.
University of Idaho, May 16, 2015
The University of Idaho Climbing Center would be the first venture outside of southern Idaho and its Treasure Valley as the posse rolled into Moscow on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The U of I Climbing Center is recognized for its 55-foot climbing tower in the center of a glass enclosure that provides views of the outdoors. Eight kids participated including a child that is deaf and another child that is legally blind. Prior to leaving the venue, CKC was invited have another event for the spring of 2016!
West Valley YMCA – September 12, 2015
Sixteen courageous climbers were joined by members of the YMCA climbing team, Boise Fire Department, Ada County Paramedics and volunteers from JustServe.org. The climbers had the opportunity not only to climb, but to sit in the fire department’s rescue truck. Several of the participants were blind and one child was confined to a wheel chair, but this didn’t stop any of them from climbing! Our youngest climber to date also participated – 3 year old Cole.
Courageous Kids Climbing does not align itself with any specific organization as their stated goal is to take every child with special needs in the State of Idaho rock climbing. Courageous Kids Climbing does not accept monetary donations but asks that individuals and organizations wishing to support their efforts can support us by purchasing t-shirts for our events. For more information, contact Jeff Riechmann at JeffRiechmann@cs.com.
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This was sent to us from Lt Ryan P. Bayliss, Squad 5B, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue. RIT Safety Solutions would like to thank Lt Bayliss for his recap. Also, we are thrilled that the Chicago Bag did its job. We are not surprised because we build our product to take the punishment that is dished out in this business. We shipped them a replacement bag because the primary search line was protected and can be used again.
“Squad 5 B shift was dispatched to a commercial building fire in a neighboring territory. First arriving crews reported smoke showing. Upon our arrival on scene we assumed the assignment of RIT. As we approached the building the initial attack crews were working close to the building with a hose line and cutting the roll up doors to make entry. My first action was to set my RIT line close to the point of entry along with our additional RIT equipment and I began my 360 of the building. Once the initial roll up door was cut heavy smoke began coming out of the eves. The fire then flashed forcing the initial crews back across the parking lot. Fire shot out of the building and over the top of the first arriving engine melting the driver side scene lights, and the whole front facade of the building collapsed. Luckily in this case our fire crews were able to make it out under the facade before it collapsed. The RIT equipment was rescued from the area, but due to intense heat was damaged. As a RIT team we like to keep our equipment close to entry point but also far enough away to keep from getting damaged. Unfortunately in this event we could not prevent the damage to the equipment. We take pride in keeping our equipment ready and in working order. We appreciate the replacement bag as it is vital to the safety of our crews and department.”
Knots vs. sewn end terminations
Recently we were at a large department out west and the question came up as to why we are sewing the ends of the rope and not tying knots to secure the anchor or attaching device.
Knots have been tied in rope as far back as rope has been made. With the implementation of Fire Rated “Bailout” systems which use Arimid ropes (Kevlar, Technora, Spectran etc.) in these systems it was determined that the Arimid ropes would not hold there tensile strength like Nylon or Polyester.
NFPA 1983-06 Edition Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services added a manner of function test to the standard. This test required the entire Bailout system be tested for overall strength from attachment anchor point to attachment to the belt or harness. 8.6 Manner of Function Tensile Test
This new test created challenges for manufactures to make or design ropes and or descending devices to meet this test. The properties of Arimid ropes, having little or no stretch reduces the breaking strength from 45-60% depending on the design. This is due to Arimid rope or webbing placed into a tight bend will use only the outer portion of the rope as Nylon will stretch and allow for more of the fibers working to display the load. This requirement severely reduced the number of personal descenders and ropes on the market that would actually pass the test.
RIT safety Solutions actually had the first pre-rigged fire rated bailout on the market. Since 1998 RIT has designed and marketed the system using Arimid ropes, webbing, belts and harnesses. Having several systems third party certified by UL and in house testing, we have a great deal of experience utilizing Arimid systems. With this said RIT also had difficulties at first to make and design a system that would pass the manner of function testing.
Testing for the NFPA 1983 standards require a minimum of 5 samples which the average breaking strength is measures. Once an average is calculated a standard deviation is also calculated to reach the certified braking strength. Standard Deviation can actually make or break (no pun intended) your results. We as I am sure many manufactures have had a great average breaking strength but failed the minimum because the Standard Deviation requirement. You can take most Excel programs and type in STD Dev in the formula and run your own results, you may find it interesting to see how simple it is to change the final result.
I will be posting several videos on our You Tube channel in the next few weeks that may help understand the process and why Arimid ropes and webbing if not dramatically over built will require the ends sewn instead of tying knots. As always if you have questions about our product please give me a call or e-mail.
Change is a constant. The only way to be successful is to embrace change and use it to your advantage. RIT Safety Solutions custom applications begin with an idea to fill a customer’s need. We believe that it is important for the customer to get exactly what they want. That is why we now have the Innovation Center. In the Innovation Center we believe “there should be a better way to do things”, and not the old mindset that “that’s the way it’s always been done”.
RIT Safety Solutions & Lake County Technical Rescue Team doing Drills at the Holden Arboretum in Kirland, Ohio. Team includes members from the following Fire Departments: Concord, Kirtland, Mentor, Munson, Perry and Willoughby.
RIT Safety Solutions Provided ISC Hardware as well as the RIT EZ DON Harness and RIT Work At Height Harnesss (WAH).
RIT Safety Solutions will be launching several new and Custom arc / flash rated fall protection harnesses. We have been working with several large utility companies that are looking for harness that fit their specific needs. Harnesses must pass ANSI Z 359.11 and the ASTM F887 arc / flash testing. Once completed the harnesses must go back down to UL (our third party testing company utilized by RIT) and pass the ANSI Drop Test.
I like designing, testing and breaking new products which most of these items are of a custom design. It is challenging to see what works and what does not work.
From working with Kevlar Harnesses, Belts and Escape System for over 18 years, I was shocked to see the damage that was done from the arc / flash test to the webbing, buckles and keepers. This was defiantly an eye opening experience for me. Learning different products, applications, tests and approvals is a great experience to adds tremendous value to our portfolio of products.
This is a very expensive and time consuming certification but like all our safety products we always receive UL Certification. Thanks Omar