The Rescue Lab: Anchor Point

By Mike Donahue

Here is a good example of how to really visualize and understand how an anchor point “feels” the load. This concept is to aid in understanding how wider angles create more force throughout the system.

Remember, always strive to keep the created angle between 60° and below and 90° as a maximum.

Download this quick training tip as a PDF HERE (243 KB).


MIKE DONAHUE is a 17-year veteran of the fire service. He has been a volunteer and a federal firefighter and has been a career firefighter in the Elizabeth (NJ) Fire Department for the past 14 years. He is assigned to Rescue Company 1. He is a rescue specialist with NJ-TF1. He is an instructor at Middlesex Fire Academy and Middlesex County College, where he is an adjunct professor and fire science program coordinator.

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