Rope Rescue Technician

Rope Rescue – Technician Level

This program is a combination of classroom and hands-on, practical activitiesspecifically designed to address the needs of fire and rescue agencies which may becalled upon to perform rope based rescues that exceed the capabilities of anOperations Level trained organization. It is also intended to address the specificrope rescue related needs of the Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. It meets thecapabilities listed in NFPA 1670 for a Technician Level Rope Rescue Team.

While the program includes a brief review of some operations level skills andtechniques, participants must, as a prerequisite for this class, be familiar with basicknotcraft, anchoring, lowering, belay and pulley systems.

The classroom portion of the program focuses on the physics of rope rescue as theyapply to anchoring systems, friction and resultants and a presentation on horizontalsystems (including highlines).

The hands-on portion includes advanced anchoring, pulley systems ranging fromsimple to complex, hot-change-overs and the use of the Petzl I’D. Considerabletime is spent performing a variety of high angle litter work both with and withoutan artificial high directional (Arizona Vortex©). Participants will also constructand operate a minimum of two horizontal systems, including at least one highline.

Unlike the operations level program, this class also includes rappel based pick-offs.These operations are inherently more hazardous than team based rescues andshould only be performed by those with additional training.
For more information, or to schedule a rope rescue program for your department, please contact: Dave VanHolstyn attruckff@yahoo.com