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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


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.

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 (HA)

This two-day class will put qualified students in vertical environments and/or on high structures. Utilizing the skills from Rescue 3's Low to High Angle Rescue Techniques course, students will construct advanced lowering and raising systems, tyroleans and telphers, and closed loop evacuation systems. Graduates of this class will receive a Certificate of Completion and a technical rope book.

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:

  • completion of Low-to-High Angle (LHA) course
  • 18 years of age or older
  • adequate medical insurance coverage
  • excellent physical condition

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