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A specialized 5-day intensive workshop for previous RfR participants

This hands-on interactive workshop is tailored for medical/rescuers tasked with the patient access, care, and evacuation components of a rescue. Through thoughtful discussion, pertinent case studies, and hands-on application, we will explore a variety of realistic patient care challenges.

One of the common qualities of a typical rope rescue training is the emphasis on the technical aspects of patient/rescuer egress.  Simultaneously,  we are often paying merely lip service to the patient assessment, medical interventions, and packaging methods utilized. In fact, it is normal that our “patient” is a fellow trainee in a role-playing scenario. In the Finding Balance seminar we instead provide real “patients” (who are experienced SAR personnel) in a more authentic rope-playing mode. We also include detailed patient feedback and reactions to patient discomfort and handling.

CEs will be available.

Fees: $1,525

  • a critical thinking approach to effective leadership, size-up, teamwork, and putting it all together in a technical rescue as it pertains to patient care and evacuation
  • finding balance in efficiently meshing the medical aspects of patient care and the movement of the patient in technical terrain
  • the importance of exemplary patient assessment skills for the medical/rescuer
  • patient care considerations in a variety of scenarios in the difficult terrain environment
  • patient securing and packaging considerations in a variety of settings and scenarios
  • efficient use of medical /rescue equipment and personnel in a given technical rescue
  • recognition of what interventions “really make a difference” for most patients in difficult terrain rescues
  • stretcher orientation and attending considerations
  • medical kits / new equipment
  • BLS/ALS considerations and limitations in technical rescue
  • pain management and medication delivery options
  • safely improvising and adapting in patient care and rescue
  • a reinforcement of safe, timely and efficient rope rescue techniques and principles utilized in moving the patient in both steep and high angle settings
  • safe helicopter interface

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. All field training scenarios will be in and around Ouray, Colorado.

Rigging for Rescue Seminar – Personal Protective Equipment

Personal gear participants are expected to bring:

  • Note-taking supplies
  • Warm, rugged outdoor clothing
  • Hiking/climbing or work boots with grippy soles
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • 5 metres of 25 mm (or wider) nylon webbing (to construct a chest harness and connector strap)
  • 10 metres of 6mm nylon kernmantle cord (or a completed set of Purcell Prusiks)
  • 10 metres of 8mm nylon kernmantle cord (to construct a personal edge restraint system)
  • Personal descent control device. Preferably, a device that includes a plaquette style auto- locking feature (e.g. Petzl Reverso, Kong GiGi, etc.).
  • Headlamp
  • Helmet
  • Leather gloves
  • Harness
  • Backpack
  • Personal first aid kit

Optional equipment:

  • Dyneema/Spectra runners
  • Specialty ropes or cord you would like to see used and/or evaluated
  • Mini Prusik-minding-pulleys
  • Devices you find useful for your personal on-rope or rescue systems
  • VT Prusik (from Bluewater Ropes)

We want to see what you use, how and why. We are looking for the best possible way to rig and conduct rescue.  Printed materials, video clips of trainings, 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.

Finding Balance – Integrating Team Leadership and Patient Care 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: $1525 US per person. A deposit of $450 US is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the seminar start date.