Sunday, July 31, 2011

Canvas, Leather and Steel

Anybody wanna take a crack it what this work of hand-crafted, firefighting, industrial output is?

I found it while visiting some friends last week. I have seen a few similar to this, but I don't remember any with leather straps.

If you figure it out, drop me a comment.

Thanks for reading,


  1. It's an old lifenet. You were supposed to jump off a building into it.

  2. You gotta do better than that Schmoe. It's a Life / safety net. The firefighters on the ground held it while trapped victims on upper floors would leap to their safety.

  3. I'm going to guess (and sound like an idiot) that it is one of those circular "nets" that a trapped victim was supposed to jump into while the firefighters held it.
    Scott (fellow Captain in Missouri)

  4. I'm going to go with it being an old rescue net.
    I seem to recall one hanging from the ceiling of the apparatus floor next to an old hand drawn hose cart in the central station of the little town I grew up in. It was about ten feet across and had hinges so it could fold in half.


  5. Cap,

    Looks like a lifenet. Thank God I never had to jump in one-or hold one.


  6. I'm guessing it's a trampoline?

  7. Looks a little like a "Fireman's Hoop" for catching people who jump from buildings.

  8. A most-uneducated guess-part of a "jump net"? The net that firefighters would deploy at the scene of a highrise fire?

  9. Well done folks! I'm impressed. I would have hated to be the person who did the product testing on this thing! Even the old-timers I talked to hadn't ever used one of these.

    Thanks for commenting.