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Five Days of Intensive Instructor-Level Rope Rescue Techniques and Principles

Key themes during all Rigging for Rescue programs are the encouragement of critical thinking, systems analysis, and a questioning attitude. Transforming knowledge of physics principles into practical working systems of greater safety takes precedence over the introduction of gadgetry.

Each day will be a combination of lectures, demonstrations and discussions, along with practical hands-on field sessions. Participants can expect a dynamic training environment largely driven by the group’s experience as well as the stated learning objectives.

Rigging for Rescue – Fundamentals is an intensive and in-depth seminar. This offering will emphasize development of exceptional Fundamental skills while maintaining the sought-after Rigging for Rescue curriculum flexibility. By tailoring the seminar content to the group at hand, the material presented is well-focused and applicable to the participants needs.

Fees: $1025

  • litter handling techniques
  • patient packaging strategies
  • new devices in rope rescue
  • misconceptions about rope stretch and peak force
  • useful physics principles in rope rescue
  • how self equalizing anchor systems can be a misguided approach
  • rescue belay devices and techniques
  • why many commonly used belay techniques are actually unsuitable for rescue-sized loads
  • efficient and effective raising and lowering systems
  • simple, compound and complex pulley systems
  • effective strategies for managing command & communication
  • ongoing research and testing results from the drop tower and slow pull machine
  • and much more

The above list is not exhaustive, nor is it a checklist. One of the hallmark traits of a Rigging for Rescue program is the flexible curriculum. Specific techniques & topics covered are influenced by the overall participant mix and their interests. Each Rigging for Rescue seminar or workshop is a custom experience.

Rigging for Rescue® Seminar – Personal Protective Equipment

  1. Personal gear participants are expected to bring:
    a. Note-taking supplies
    b. Warm, rugged outdoor clothing
    c. Hiking/climbing or work boots with grippy soles
    d. 4 locking carabiners
    e. 5 metres of 25 mm (or wider) nylon webbing
    (to construct a chest harness and connector strap)
    f. 10 metres of 6mm nylon kernmantle cord (or a completed set of Purcell Prusiks)
    g. 13 metres of 8mm nylon kernmantle cord
    (to construct a set of Tandem Prusiks and a Radium Release Hitch)
    h. Headlamp
    i. Helmet
    j. Leather gloves
    k. Harness
    l. Backpack
    m. Personal first aid kit
    n. Personal descent control device. Preferably, a device that includes a plaquette style auto- locking feature (e.g. Black Diamond ATC Guide, Kong GiGi, etc.).
  2. Optional equipment:
    a. Dyneema/Spectra runners
    b. Specialty ropes or cord you would like to see used and/or evaluated
    c. Mini Prusik-minding-pulleys
    d. Anything that has proved to be, is said to be, or could possibly be useful for rope rescue

We want to see what you use, how and why. We are looking for the best possible way to rescue and perhaps you have already identified that technique. Have you made modifications to existing equipment, designed and produced your own or have questions and concerns with equipment available commercially? Bring it along and we will share our findings and critical look so everyone can benefit. Printed materials, Power Points, video clips of trainings, training materials and favorite rescue books are all welcome additions to the seminar. Active participation is the best way to foster a rich and rewarding learning environment.

Fundamentals is 5 full days (45+ hours) and runs from 08:00 Monday to approximately 17:00 Friday. Each participant is responsible for their own transportation, personal equipment, food, and accommodation.

Fees: $1025 US per person. A deposit of $250 US is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the seminar start date.