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Rope Rescue II – Operational Leadership is an advanced-level offering for previous RfR alums. Participants in this seminar can expect a detailed examination of ropework physics and principles. A strong emphasis will be placed on team leadership development through exercises designed to broaden abilities in scene size-up, command and control, and team briefing. Specific techniques commonly include various aerial suspension systems (e.g. Highline and Guiding Line), construction and use of artificial high directional devices, advanced litter-handling, and more challenging anchoring scenarios, just to name a few.

Each day will be carefully crafted to include a balanced mix of lecture, discussion, and demonstration, typical of all Rigging for Rescue seminars & workshops. Daily field sessions are designed to offer maximum opportunity for participants to interact with the material in a challenging manner. High quality debriefings will optimize retention of the learning objectives.

Rope Rescue II – Operational Leadership curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2021 edition, Technician Level for Rope Rescue. Additionally, the seminar content meets and exceeds the ASTM F2955 – Standard Guide for Training for Advanced Rope Rescuer Endorsement.

Fees: $1,500

  • advanced litter handling techniques
  • a comparison of pick-off techniques
     (B.C., Panorama, and San Juan Pickoffs)
  • Pike ‘n Pivot for managing difficult edge transitions
  • the Kootenay Highline System
  • multiple-trackrope tensioning systems and size-up techniques for highlines
  • Guiding Line suspension systems
  • the construction and use of artificial high directionals
     (Lazy Leg A-Frame and/or Sideways A-Frame)
  • a critical review of new devices used in rope rescue
     (e.g. MPD, VT Prusik)
  • various knot-passing techniques
  • challenging anchoring scenarios
  • leadership techniques and tactical decision-making exercises including multiple scene size-up iterations
  • research & testing updates
  • 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

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.

Rope Rescue II – Operational Leadership 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: $1,450 a deposit of $450 is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the seminar start date.