Rope Rescue Courses

The Rescue Company offers a variety of rope rescue classes tailored to the needs of students and the companies and agencies we are teaching for. Please select any of the classes below for detailed descriptions.

Technical Rope Rescue (TRR): Technician Level

This four-day course meets the requirements for the technician level of NFPA 1670 Standard for technical rope incidents. This is one day of classroom instruction followed by three field days. Students will advance from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios.

Students are trained in preplanning and size-up of rope rescue operations; knots, hitches and anchor systems; belay operations; ascending and descending; raising and lowering systems; and, patient packaging and litter attending among other disciplines.

Equipment Needs:

  • Climbing or fire helmet
  • Coveralls or heavy clothing
  • Full body harness (a sit harness and chest harness can be substituted)
  • Boots
  • Leather gloves
Prerequisites:

  • none

Low to High Angle Rescue Techniques (LHA)

This three-day course integrates applicable rope rescue techniques and theory from sources worldwide. Students will progress from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical and exposed environments.

The class includes Stokes litter rigging, mechanical advantage systems, real and artificial anchoring, dynamic and static belaying, cliff pickets, A-frames and tripods and vehicle anchors. It finishes with vertical rescue techniques applicable to both cliff and structures including ascending and descending ropes, rappelling, lowering and raising systems, telphers, and tyroleans.

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • adequate medical insurance coverage
  • excellent physical condition
Equipment needs:

  • chest harness and/or 2, 15-foot pieces of 1-inch tubular nylon webbing
  • climbing or fire helmet
  • climbing or sit harness
  • coveralls or long pants
Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • adequate medical insurance coverage
  • excellent physical condition

High Angle Rescue Techniques

This three-day course integrates applicable rope rescue techniques and theory from sources worldwide. Students will progress from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical and exposed environments.

The class includes Stokes litter rigging, mechanical advantage systems, real and artificial anchoring, dynamic and static belaying, cliff pickets, A-frames and tripods and vehicle anchors. It finishes with vertical rescue techniques applicable to both cliff and structures including ascending and descending ropes, rappelling, lowering and raising systems, telphers, and tyroleans.

Equipment needs:

  • chest harness and/or 2, 15-foot pieces of 1-inch tubular nylon webbing
  • climbing or fire helmet
  • climbing or sit harness
  • coveralls or long pants

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • adequate medical insurance coverage
  • excellent physical condition