Chameleon Tactical Rescue Harness

Chameleon
Tactical Rescue Harness
(CTRH)
AMTC-H1037-S,M,L,XL
Aerial Machine and Tool Corp.
4298 JEB Stuart Hwy
Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
www.aerialmachineandtool.com
Phone: 276-952-2006
FAX: 276-952-2231
REV DATE: 11 July, 2012
Chameleon Tactical Rescue Harness
User’s Manual
Table of Contents
Section
Page
1.
Introduction
3
2.
PreFlight (30 Day) Inspection Procedures
5
3.
Operation / Wear , Section
8
4.
Cleaning and Storage
13
Appendix A. Harness Inspection Log Sheet
16
Appendix B. Optional Items List
17
Appendix C. Nomeclature Diagram
18
Copyright Notice
This owner’s manual is copyrighted, all rights reserved. It may not, in whole
or in part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated or reduced to any
electronic medium or machine readable form without prior consent in writing
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Copyright © 2009 Aerial Machine and Tool Corp.
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The following symbols are used throughout this manual:
WARNINGS indicate a procedure or situation that may result in serious
injury or death if instructions are not followed correctly.
CAUTIONS indicate any situation or technique that will result in potential
damage to the product, or render the product unsafe if instructions are not
followed correctly.
NOTES are used to emphasize important points, tips, and reminders.
1. Introduction
The Chameleon Tactical Rescue Harness (CTRH) is an inovative Class III full body
harness designed to be used in a wide variety of tactical and rescue scenarios faced by
heliborne law enforcement, public safety, and military personnel. This harness meets
all requirements set out in NFPA 1983.
NOTE: Additonal Information concerning life safety harnesses can be found
in NFPA 1500 (Standard on FIre Department Occupational Safety and Health
Program), NFPA 1983 (Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency
Services), and FAA TSO 167 (Personnel Carrying Device Systems, PCDS)
The CTRH is constructed of durable fire retardent materials to prevent melting.
Fire retardent materials do not protect user from flames or burns
but merely prevent materials from melting onto users skin. Fire
retardant materials char when exposed to flame but do not support
flame. Carry your harness carefully and do not expose your harness
to flame or high temperatures as this could cause the harness to fail.
The harness incorporates four tether points; two in front and two in back. The waist
belt incorporates standard one inch molle mounting and can accomodate a variety of
attachments and pockets. The harness comes in sizes MED, LG, XLG.
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1. Introduction (continued)
Your Chameleon Tactical Rescue Harness (CTRH) is an important piece of survival
equipment. Proper care and maintenance will ensure your harness will accomplish the
level of safety performance it is designed for. It is important that you become familiar
with these instructions to safely use this harness.
Retain this manual and appendices for reference. Once removed from the
package make a copy for your permanent records and a working copy to
stay with your harness. Always refer to the inpsection and use guidelines in
this manual before and after every use. Record all inspections and damage
found on harness inspection log sheet, Appendix A, once harness is placed
into service.
WARNING
KEEP YOUR HARNESS INSPECTED AND IN USABLE CONDITION. IMPROPER
WEAR MAY RESULT INJURY OR DEATH. ALWAYS COMPLY WITH THE
INSTRUCTIONS AND CARE PRESCRIBED IN THIS MANUAL. IMPROPER
USE OR NEGLIGENT CARE OF THIS EQUIPMENT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH.
1.1. RESCUE HARNESS LIFE LIMIT
Aerial has set life limits for rescue harnesses at seven (7) years service life from
date harness is put into service. Life limit not to exceed ten (10) years from date
of manufacture. Date of manufacture can be found on label. Record your date of
manufacture and serial number in appendix A, Harness inspection log sheet.
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1.2 LABELING INFORMATION
The CTRH labeling information is locatied on mid-scapular back pad. Follow all
warnings and guidance provided on label and in user guide. Important information such
as data manufacture and serial number are located on label as shown below.
LABEL REQUIRED BY NFPA 1983-2006. DO NOT REMOVE LABEL.
WARNING
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2. PREFLIGHT INSPECTION
It is the responsibility of the user to inspect the CTRH before flight operations. Perform a
preflight inspection prior to each flight and at intervals not to exceed 30 days. If damage
is found during an inspection, the harness shall be removed from service until repaired.
2.1. Inspect all tether & load bearing points, front chest, front waist, rear back, rear
waist, shoulder adjustment point, and leg strap attachment points for:
• Cuts, tears, and abrasion damage
• Open seams and loose or broken stitching
• Contamination damage such as petroleum products and corrosives
WARNING
BROKEN STITCHING - NO BROKEN STITCHING IS ALLOWED ON LOAD
BEARING SEAMS IDENTIFIED IN PICTURES BELOW. NO LOCAL REPAIRS ARE
AUTHORIZED. IF DAMAGE TO LOAD BEARING SEAMS IS FOUND, HARNESS
SHALL BE REMOVED FROM SERVICE AND SENT BACK TO AERIAL MACHINE
AND TOOL FOR REPAIR. IF THREE (3) OR MORE CONSECUTIVE STITCHES
ARE BROKEN ON A LOAD BEARING SEAM, THEN HARNESS IS BEYOND
REPAIR AND SHALL BE DISPOSED OF.
CONTAMINATION - IF CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION, I.E. PETROLEUM,
CORROSIVES, ETC, THEN EXAMINE FOR OBVIOUS DAMAGE AND
DEGRADATION. IF DAMAGE FOUND THEN HARNESS IS BEYOND REPAIR AND
SHALL BE DISPOSED OF. IF NO DAMAGE EVIDENT THEN CLEAN ACCORDING
TO CLEANING PROCEDURES IN SECTION 4.1 OF THIS MANUAL.
FRONT CHEST TETHER POINT
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FRONT WAIST TETHER POINT
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2. PREFLIGHT INSPECTION (CONTINUED)
REAR (Lumbar) WAIST TETHER POINT
Be sure to inspect the stitching above and below
the D ring for damage.
REAR BACK TETHER POINT
SHOULDER ADJUSTMENT POINTS
(Right and Left)
LEG STRAP ATTACHMENT POINTS (Front and Rear)
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2. PREFLIGHT INSPECTION (Continued)
2.2 Inspect all Harness Hardware for:
• Cracks and Deep Gouges
• Deformity and Corrosion
NAUTIC STAINLESS STEEL BUCKLE
(Located on waist and leg straps)
NOTE: On the stainless steel
Nautic buckles, the male
fitting (1) and the release tab
post pins on the female fitting
(2) should be inspectied
for cracks, deformities and
corrosion
1
2
WARNING
HARDWARE DAMAGE - NO DAMAGE OTHER THAN MINOR SRATCHES
AND SURFACE CORROSION OF A MINOR NATURE ARE ALLOWED.
IF CRACKS, DEFORMITY, OR SEVERE CORROSION RESULTING IN
DEGREDATION OF METAL IS FOUND THEN HARNESS IS TO BE REMOVED
FROM SERVICE AND RETURNED TO AERIAL FOR INSPECTION AND
EVALUATION.
2.3 Inspect all webbing for:
• Cuts, tears, and abrasion damage
• Contamination damage such as petroleum products and corrosives
WARNING
WEBBING DAMAGE - IF ANY LOAD BEARING WEBBING SHOWS ANY CUT,
TEAR, OR SIGNIFICANT ABRAISION BEYOND SLIGHT PILING, THEN THE
HARNESS IS UNREPAIRABLE AND SHALL BE CONDEMNED.
CONTAMINATION - IF CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION, I.E. PETROLEUM,
CORROSIVES, ETC., THEN EXAMINE FOR OBVIOUS DAMAGE AND
DEGRADATION. IF DAMAGE FOUND THEN HARNESS IS BEYOND REPAIR
AND SHALL BE DISPOSED OF. IF NO DAMAGE EVIDENT THEN CLEAN
ACCORDING TO CLEANING PROCEDURES IN SECTION 4.1 OF THIS
MANUAL.
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2. PREFLIGHT INSPECTION (Continued)
2.4 Record preflight inspection on harness inspection log sheet, appendix A.
NOTE: A detailed log of harness inspection, cleaning, and repair is crucial to the
upkeep of your CTRH. Always log inspections, damage, and repairs
during the service life of your CTRH.
3. OPERATION / WEAR
Follow the instructions provided below to properly adjust and wear you chameleon harness.
NOTE: Initial wear and adjustment will require a second person to help with rear torso
adjustment.
3.1 Donning and Adjustment. Before you put on your harness release all attachment
buckles and make sure you let out the webbing slack in all adjustment buckles. Then follow
the steps in this section to properly wear and adjust your harness.
3.1.a Place harness shoulder
straps over right forearm with front
tether points facing forward
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3.1.b Step through middle of
harness with your right leg until
right leg is completely through
harness and foot is back on the
floor.
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3. Operation / Wear (Continued)
3.1.c Pull shoulder straps over
head and center up harness on
torso.
3.1.d Pull waist belt around waist
with belt centered in lumbar (lower)
area of back and mate waist buckles
at front waist tether point.
3.1.e Second person now adjusts torso
height by pulling on rear torso adjustment
webbing and centering up rear back tether
ring between upper half of user’s shoulder
blades, keeping back pad off user’s neck.
Stow excess webbing in elastic keeper
3.1.f Mate the leg strap buckles and
tighten snug but not so tight as to
interfere with user’s circulation.
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3. Operation / Wear (Continued)
3.1.g Adjust front shoulder strap
webbing so harness rides snug
on torso and chest. Stow excess
webbing in elastic keepers.
3.1.h FINAL CHECK. Do a good head
to toe and recheck all buckles and
adjustments for proper fit and security.
Recheck the following items:
•
Rear Torso Height Adjustment
•
Front Shoulder Adjustment
•
Waist Adjustment & Buckles
•
Leg Strap Buckles
•
Excess Webbing Stowed
Always perform a final check of your equipment before entering the
aircraft or starting the mission.
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3. Operation / Wear (Continued)
3.2 Optional Items for CTRH. The pictures below show optional uses for the CTRH. A
Complete list of optional Items are listed in Anex B.
WARNING
USE SPECIFIED AERIAL OPTIONAL ITEMS ONLY. LISTED ITEMS ARE
DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR USE WITH THE CTRH AND ARE NOT
INTENDED TO BE INTERCHANGEABLE WITH OTHER SYSTEMS.
3.2.a Dual Pick Off Strap. The dual pick off strap is an optional item designed to give the
rescuer an option of connecting to survivor for a double pick up. It can be used on the front
waist or front chest tether point. (Front Chest Recommended). Carabiner attaches to Rescuer’s Chameleon. “V” ring attaches to hoist. Two way gated hook is for survivor or other SAR
equipment hook up.
Dual Pick Off Strap is rated by manufacturer at 1000 lbs (454 kgs)
operating load and 4500 lbs (2041 kgs) max load.
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3. Operation / Wear (Continued)
3.2.b Shoulder Protector Pads. Shoulder protector pads are available for use during
hoisting operations and are available in right and left configuration. Pads are intended
for hoist operators who practice cable management with cable on their shoulder during
helicopter hoisting operations. The pads protect expensive flight suits from grease and wear.
Replacements can be ordered using part number in Anex B.
Step 1: Mate pad hook to shoulder
pad pile on bottom of pad.
Step 2: Fold protector pad back over
shoulder pad ensuring harness shoulder
adjustment buckle is covered.
Step 3: Put on and adjust harness.
Mate the Shoulder Protector Pad plastic
buckle and snug strap around arm.
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4. Cleaning and Storage
4.1 Cleaning procedures
NOTE: A detailed log of harness inspection, cleaning, and repair is crucial to the
upkeep of your chameleon harness. Always log inspections and cleanings in appendix
A, Harness Inspection Log Sheet.
WARNING
MANY CLEANING AGENTS CONTAIN CORROSIVE CHEMICALS WHICH MAY
DAMAGE COMPONENTS ON YOUR HARNESS. USE MILD BIODEGRADABLE
CLEANING AGENTS ONLY. AERIAL RECOMMENDS CLEANERS SUCH
AS SIMPLE GREEN CLEANER, OR VERY MILD SOAP SUCH AS IVORY
DISHWASHING LIQUID FOR THE REMOVAL OF CONTAMINANTS.
4.1.a Before cleaning in water, brush all dirt and other contaminants from harness using a soft
cleaning brush.
4.1.b Mix cleaning solution according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
4.1.c Apply a generous amount of cleaning solution to the affected spot and lightly scrub with
soft cleaning brush.
4.1.d Immerse in fresh warm water and agitate until all cleaning solution is removed. Check
spot and repeat steps 4.1.c and 4.1.d as necessary.
WARNING
IF STEPS 4.1.C AND 4.1.D ARE UNSUCESSFUL REMOVING CONTAMINATION
THEN HARNESS IS TO BE CONDEMNED AND REMOVED FROM SERVICE.
4.1.e Hang harness out of direct sunlight to air dry.
WARNING
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SPEED DRYING BY PUTTING HARNESS IN CLOTHES
DRYER OR BY USING ANY ELECTRICAL HEATED DRYING DEVICE. HEAT
DEGRADES THE NYLON FIBERS IN THE LOAD BEARING WEBBING.
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4.1 Cleaning Procedures (Continued)
4.1.f Once harness is dry it is recommended, using dry filtered shop air, to blow out
female side of cobra nautics and spray coat with a light water displacing compound such
as ACF-50 or WD40 on female fitting release tab posts taking care not to contaminate
harness webbing.
4.1.g Upon completion of cleaning procedure, log cleaning in harness inspection log
sheet, Appendix A.
4.2 Storage Procedures
4.2.a Store your CTRH in a environmentally controlled area out of direct sunlight. If
you must store your Chameleon on an aircraft, place it in a protective storage bag or in a
compartment out of direct sunlight where it is protected from contamination by petroleum
products.
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Appendix A. Harness Inspection Log Sheet
Harness Serial Number
Date of Mfr
Placed into Service
DATE
INSPECTOR (print)
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INSPECTION PERFORMED / NOTES / DAMAGE
INITIALS
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Appendix B. Chameleon Harness Optional Items List
ITEM DESCRIPTION
Shoulder Protector Pad (Right)
Shoulder Protector Pad (Left)
Dual Pick Off Strap
Thigh Holser Adapter
Handcuff Pouch
9mm Magazine Pocket ( other sizes available)
Chemlite Pocket 3 x 7 x 0.75
Utility Pocket 5 x 5 x 3
1.5 CU/IN Aqualung SEA Bottle Pocket
Medical Pack with Front Mount Clips
Chameleon Harness, Size Small
Chameleon Harness, Size Medium
Chameleon Harness, Size Large
Chameleon Harness, Size Extra Large
AERIAL PART NUMBER
AMTC-S1229-XX/ R
AMTC-S1229-XX/ L
AMTC-S1230-XX
AMTC-S1267-XX
AMTC-P1247-XX
AMTC-P1225-XX
AMTC-P1223-XX
AMTC-P1222-XX
AMTC-P1224-XX
AMTC-C1152-XX
AMTC-H1037-XX / S
AMTC-H1037-XX / M
AMTC-H1037-XX/ L
AMTC-H1037-XX / XL
NOTE: The XX at the end of the part number indicates color.
Currently CTRH are sold in Black only. Subtitute “BL” for black. Other
colors are available on request. Call Aerial for information and pricing
276-952-2006 (main office).
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Appendix C. Chameleon Harness Nomenclature
Shoulder Pad
Shoulder Adjustment
buckle
Front Chest Tether Point
Reflective Tape
Front Chest Pad with
Molle Mounting Webbing
Front Waist
Tether Point
Front Equipment
mount ring
Leg Strap and
Buckle
Waist Belt Molle
Mount Webbing
Waist Belt Attachment
Buckle
Leg Pad
Front View
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Appendix C. Chameleon Harness Nomenclature (Contd)
Reflective Tape
Rear Back Tether
Point
Rear Torso Height
Adjustment Buckle
Rear Waist (lumbar)
Attachment Point
Waist Belt Molle
Mount Webbing
Rear Leg Strap
with Elastic
Leg Pad
Back View
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SIZING:
MED fits waist
LG fits waist
XLG fits waist
30 to 36 inches
34 to 40 inches
38 to 46 inches
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Maximum Height
Maximum Height
Maximum Height
74 inches
76 inches
78 inches
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