The Response Harness™ is CMC’s newest harness design specifically engineered for the technical rescuer who demands optimum performance in the ability to don quickly, adjust easily, and deliver overall comfort. This next generation harness construction incorporates new design features throughout to provide the ultimate in comfort and agility while suspended from rope as well as when walking. The reconfigured front lift assembly and the X-shaped back transfer weight evenly and reduce pressure points. Quick-connect buckles on shoulder straps and leg loops make securing the harness fast and intuitive. The wide variable-density leg pads with extended rear adjustment straps provide optimal positioning during long hang times. The fixed dorsal D-ring ensures adjustable fitting for different sized users, yet stays in proper position when loaded. The shoulder and back pad assembly gives support while keeping the shoulder straps in place simplifying donning. The Response Harness™ is one of the first ANSI Z359.11 harnesses to market.
The Advantage of the Fixed Dorsal D-ring
While the dorsal D-ring on our Response Harness adjusts so it can be properly positioned, it is designed not to slide up when the D-ring is loaded. If the force of loading the harness, either under normal use or during a fall, slides a dorsal D-ring up toward the back of the user’s head, the web going over the shoulders could pinch inward toward the user’s neck. Not only is this uncomfortable, it could compromise the arteries with severe results. Fixing the dorsal D-ring to the rear waist portion of the harness prevents this from occurring and allows the peak impact force to be absorbed by the pelvis and the thighs – as opposed to the back – increasing rescuer comfort and safety.