Recovery straps are among the most commonly used items at rescue incidents. They are generally used for moving large animals from entrapments or to reposition them for examination and care, although they have many applications. The recovery straps are 4-inches wide and are rated for 10,000 Lb loads.
Two 30-foot recovery straps are carried on Rescue-1, Rescue-3, Water Supply-1 and the Special Operations Support Unit.
One 18-foot strap is carried on Rescue-1 and Rescue 3.
Two 12-foot straps are carried on Rescue-1 and Rescue 3.
30 Ft. straps are kept in ammo boxes on Rescue-3, Water Supply-1 and the Special Operations Support Unit.
12 ft. recovery straps are located on the right side wall of Rescue-1.
30 ft. Recovery straps are located on the left rear door of Rescue-1.
Recovery strap box located in the lower front compartment of Rescue-3.
Recovery strap box located in the lower front compartment of the Special Operations Support Unit.
The lengths of the straps are marked on both ends along with color codes identifying which unit they belong on.
12 Ft. and 18 Ft. straps are kept in "Rescue Glide Box 2" in Rescue 3.
The centers of all straps are clearly marked.
Various drag configurations can be constructed to extricate animals from entrapments.
Recovery straps can be employed for hasty lifting when it is not practical to deploy a formal sling.
Recovery straps can be used to reposition an animal during an extrication operation.
Recovery straps can be used to stabilize overturned trailers or other hazards.
Forward assist with a winch cable, getting a bogged draft horse out of a lake.
All of the straps have a bold line painted across the center of the strap to facilitate ease in finding the middle of the strap.
For more information regarding the application of recovery straps, please visit Technical Sheet #13,
Preparing a Downed Horse for Transport.
The training information presented in these information sheets and guides is offered for illustrative and volunteer refresher purposes only. It is not a substitute for actual hands-on training.
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