Friday, 31 August 2012

Aesop's Fables: the Tortoise, the Hare and the Deer in the Headlights

As part of a monthly check, we started the winch up the other evening.  This piece of equipment - essentially a petrol engine connected to two rotating drums, or capstans - is used to haul the cliff technician and casualty back up the cliff (we do also have other human powered options including the 'tugger', but more of that another time).

The throttle control on the winch shows a tortoise for slow and a hare for fast.  Clever stuff.  But when you think about it, didn't the tortoise actually beat the hare in Aesop's fable?  So we're rewriting the winch instructions as:

Tortoise: use this setting for a slow methodical recovery of cliff technician.

Hare: use this setting when you wish to recover technician quickly to a point midway up the cliff, then stop for a while while he takes a nap.  By the time he wakes up, the tortoise performing the adjacent rescue will have overtaken and already reched the top.  The casualty will have been reunited with his family whilst the cliff top team will have packed away and restowed the gear and will already be back at the station for a cup of tea and debrief.

I might also find better diagrams of a hare and a tortoise.  I cant help thinking this image looks more like a deer caught in the car headlights.

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