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Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals (Las Vegas)


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FIVE DAYS OF INTENSIVE INSTRUCTOR-LEVEL ROPE RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES

Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals explores in great depth and breadth the topics & techniques for effectively conducting sound rope rescue operations. 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.

A heightened level of understanding comes from critical thinking and systems analysis – two hallmark traits of all Rigging for Rescue seminars. As educators in the craft, it is our intent to explain and demonstrate both the how’s and the why’s behind the systems and devices we recommend.

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 that fosters improved decision-making, as well as development of fundamental tactile skills.

Rope Rescue I – Fundamentals curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2017 edition, Operations Level for Rope Rescue. Additionally, the seminar content meets and exceeds the ASTM F2954 – Standard Guide for Training for Intermediate Rope Rescuer Endorsement.

Fees: $1,250

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Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals (Moab)


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FIVE DAYS OF INTENSIVE INSTRUCTOR-LEVEL ROPE RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES

Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals explores in great depth and breadth the topics & techniques for effectively conducting sound rope rescue operations. 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.

A heightened level of understanding comes from critical thinking and systems analysis – two hallmark traits of all Rigging for Rescue seminars. As educators in the craft, it is our intent to explain and demonstrate both the how’s and the why’s behind the systems and devices we recommend.

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 that fosters improved decision-making, as well as development of fundamental tactile skills.

Rope Rescue I – Fundamentals curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2017 edition, Operations Level for Rope Rescue. Additionally, the seminar content meets and exceeds the ASTM F2954 – Standard Guide for Training for Intermediate Rope Rescuer Endorsement.

Fees: $1,250

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Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals (Ouray)


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FIVE DAYS OF INTENSIVE INSTRUCTOR-LEVEL ROPE RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES

Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals explores in great depth and breadth the topics & techniques for effectively conducting sound rope rescue operations. 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.

A heightened level of understanding comes from critical thinking and systems analysis – two hallmark traits of all Rigging for Rescue seminars. As educators in the craft, it is our intent to explain and demonstrate both the how’s and the why’s behind the systems and devices we recommend.

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 that fosters improved decision-making, as well as development of fundamental tactile skills.

Rope Rescue I – Fundamentals curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2017 edition, Operations Level for Rope Rescue. Additionally, the seminar content meets and exceeds the ASTM F2954 – Standard Guide for Training for Intermediate Rope Rescuer Endorsement.

Fees: $1,150

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Rope Rescue II- Operational Leadership (formerly Specialty Techniques)


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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 1006-2017 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: $1,295

 

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Self Rescue and Small Teams Response


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Partner rescue and improvised team-based rescue

The Rigging for Rescue Self Rescue and Small Team Response Workshop is designed to meet the needs of those seeking to take their own on-rope and rigging skills to the next level. The workshop continuum begins with personal ropework skills, transitions into companion rescue scenarios, and finishes with team-based exercises utilizing small groups of 2-3 respondents. It is ideally suited to recreational climbers, climbing guides, the Special Operations Community, and mountain rescue personnel.

Competently executing a patient evacuation using ropework and rigging – by yourself or in a small team setting – requires a high degree of skill and a calm demeanor. Having these skills is a requisite part of being a competent climber or rope rescue professional. We are all lifelong students of the science and art of practical rigging and we invite you to expand your own skill set and join us for an intense week of training.

Fees: $1,250

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Waterfall Ice and Rescue Workshop


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A specialized workshop focusing on the medium of waterfall ice

Rigging for Rescue’s home base of Ouray, Colorado is one of the world’s premier ice climbing destinations. Ouray is home to the Ouray Ice Park which hosts over 100 ice climbs in a narrow gorge just minutes walking distance from town proper. Additionally, the surrounding San Juan Mountains are choked with frozen waterfalls throughout the winter months.

Ouray is an optimal location for increasing your personal waterfall ice climbing and terrain evaluation skills. If you or your team works or plays in areas that are home to waterfall ice, this is a workshop that you won’t want to miss.

Fees: $1,295

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Finding Balance - Integrating Team Leadership and Patient Care


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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: $1,325

 
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Contract Seminars


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CUSTOMIZED SEMINARS AT YOUR LOCATION

Bring us to your location! Rigging for Rescue is the product of considerable research and development and has been given on contract to various groups across the continent from state fire academies to industrial rescue teams and mountain rescue specialists. When there are six or more people from your organization or vicinity interested in participating in a Rigging for Rescue seminar, arranging one at your location may better meet your needs.

A contract seminar enables you to utilize the geography, equipment, machinery, buildings and problem sites that are a specific challenge to your organization. Other advantages include reducing training expenses, providing training to a greater number of people and building teamwork. In order to ensure a “full” seminar and minimize expenses, some organizations have chosen to extend an invitation to other groups and organizations in their area, some of which they perform mutual aid with. This has worked well numerous times and can be fairly straight forward to organize.

Locations for outside exercises will vary depending on what is available and the nature of your organization’s responsibilities. If you have obtained prior permission, buildings, large equipment, and other structures are often suitable and would be of primary interest for industrial or fire service rescue groups. Even these groups however, should look for nearby rock cliffs to practice on, for those who “know the ropes” are often asked to provide help to others in such locations. Those whose organization’s activities would mostly be on cliffs may also wish to find quarries, canyons, caves or river crossings where ropework could facilitate evacuations. We will plan to arrive a day ahead of time to review with your leader the locations to be used and the requirements for the week’s activities.

Many groups have chosen to travel to Ouray, Colorado for seminars on contract – escaping the distractions of home and training on new and unfamiliar terrain can often make for a superior contract seminar program. Rigging for Rescue is a permittee on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest as well as an authorized commercial service in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Ouray Ice Park.

There are many choices of topics and we like to work with your group ahead of time to gauge ability, interest, need and likely rescues that you will encounter, in order to provide the most practical topics for your group while still providing the solid basic principles. The instructor would likely contact you 1-2 months in advance to go over these items with you in great detail and also discuss equipment and training locations.

Rigging for Rescue’s seminar curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2017 edition, Operations Level for Rope Rescue.  Additionally, the seminar content meets and exceeds the ASTM F2954 – Standard Guide for Training for Intermediate Rope Rescuer Endorsement. Organizations with strong technical rescue backgrounds can expect the curriculum to meet NFPA 1006-2017, Technician Level skills as well as ASTM F2955 – Advanced Rope Rescuer Endorsement.

Rigging for Rescue seminars have become the most progressive and highly sought after inquiry-based rope rescue seminars in North America – we encourage you to “tie into” a seminar and stretch your limits!

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Fire Rescue and NFPA Seminars


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Each and every year, Rigging for Rescue trains firefighters in technical rope rescue skills. Fire rescue personnel regularly attend our open enrollment offerings, despite the majority of the terrain being ‘cliff & crag’ environment. Mass is still mass, force is force, and gravity is the same regardless of whether or not you are on a building or a cliff. Joining an open enrollment seminar puts you in the mix with a diverse collection of practitioners and makes for a rich learning environment.

Are you interested in finally getting the answer to the NFPA 15:1 safety factor myth? Wondering when and where you can use 11mm rope? How do you effectively anchor to a vehicle? What are the operational nuances of the MPD and is it the right device for your department? Our seminar curriculum will address these issues and many others that directly affect the fire rescue technical rescuer.

We have three fulltime career firefighters as part of our instructor cadre. We know the challenges inherent to the career field as it applies to fire service technical rescue, both in the urban and wilderness setting. Arrange a seminar on contract for your fire department and we can customize the curriculum specifically for your organization. Rather than deliver a ‘cookie cutter’ program, we will select the appropriate material for your personnel based on the nature of your missions, available ongoing training time, and a whole host of other factors.

Rigging for Rescue’s seminar curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2017 edition, Operations Level for Rope Rescue.  For departments with strong technical rescue backgrounds, we can also fulfill skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2017, edition Technician Level for Rope Rescue Additionally, the seminar content meets and exceeds the ASTM F2954 – Standard Guide for Training for Intermediate Rope Rescuer Endorsement.

 
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Military and Law Enforcement Seminars


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Rigging for Rescue has long been a source of training for military, paramilitary and law enforcement groups within both the U.S. and Canada. Our clientele includes USAF PJs, the U.S. and Canadian Special Operations Community, BORSTAR and other agencies.

Personnel from these groups have attended our open enrollment offerings as well as on contract. Our curriculum is attractive to these groups because of the style and nature of our delivery. As opposed to offering cookie-cutter curriculum, we instead focus on the specific goals and objectives of the group at hand and cater the material to their needs. This typically includes an emphasis on small-team approaches, minimal equipment as well as simple, versatile and lightweight systems. Our services can also include check-offs on specific skill lists (e.g. OJT) as well as basic to advanced instruction in climbing, skiing and avalanche awareness.

Smaller groups (1-3) should consider attending our Self Rescue and Small Team Response workshop. This is a 5-day workshop that focuses exclusively on personal skills, companion rescue techniques, and small team response to rope rescue challenges. This workshop can also be hosted on contract for groups of 4 or more.

Please contact us for additional information about customizing a training workshop for your agency.

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