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A specialized 5-day intensive workshop for previous RfR participants focusing on:

This hands-on interactive workshop is tailored for medical/rescuers tasked with the patient access, care, and evacuation components of a given rescue in technical terrain. As we all know, an often overlooked aspect of rope rescue training is giving participants an opportunity to efficiently find balance with the medical aspects of a given patient care scenario and the actual movement of that patient in difficult terrain. Through thoughtful discussion, pertinent case studies, and hands-on application we will explore a variety of realistic patient care challenges in difficult terrain. We will then combine that with safely moving the patient, as a team, in the mountain rescue environment.

CEs will be available.

Fees: $1,175

  • 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

  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.

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: $1,175 US. A deposit of $250 US is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the workshop start date.