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Invoice Agency Specialty Techniques Sept. 17-21Full Price
Rigging for Rescue will invoice your agency for full tuition in the program.

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Specialty Techniques Deposit Sept. 17-21$250 due upfront, remainder due prior to program start.

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Specialty Techniques Sept. 17-21Full Price

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A continuation of RfR-Fundamentals with an emphasis on more specialized systems

This seminar is an educational continuum of Rigging for Rescue – Fundamentals. Technical rope rescue often presents dynamic challenges extending well beyond the Fundamentals.

Participants in this seminar can expect a detailed examination of ropework physics and principles. A strong emphasis will be placed on team leader development through a series of exercises designed to broaden scene size-up and team briefing skills relative to Specialty Techniques in rope rescue.

Each day will be carefully crafted to include the unique 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.

Fees: $1,125

  • advanced litter handling techniques
  • a comparison of pick-off techniques
  • 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
  • a critical review of new devices used in rope rescue
  • 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

  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.

Specialty Techniques 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: $1,125. A deposit of $250 is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the seminar start date.