Firefighters have always used ropes and knots.
Ropes, or lines, are used in a wide variety of operations including hoisting, lowering, anchoring, rigging, as lifelines and for crowd control.
Rope arranged with pulleys in a mechanical advantage system can double or triple the weight a firefighter can lift or lower.
Improper use of ropes or knots could cause the failure of an operation resulting in injury to life and damage to property.
The City of Carlsbad Fire Department utilizes ropes for cliff rescue, high angle repelling, swift water and confined space rescues, or any emergency incident that requires technical rescue.