Rope Rescue I- Fundamentals explores in great depth and breadth the topics & techniques for effectively conducting sound rope rescue operations. This offering will emphasize the 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 the development of fundamental tactile skills.

Rope Rescue I – Fundamentals curriculum includes skills outlined in NFPA 1006-2021 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: $1,425

  • engineering mechanics and physics principles applicable to rope rescue
  • techniques for optimizing your anchor systems
  • rescue belay devices and descent control devices
  • misconceptions about rope stretch and peak force
  • statics and dynamics along with suitable rigging approaches for each
  • how “self-equalizing” anchor systems can be a misguided approach
  • new devices in rope rescue
  • a detailed compare/contrast of Single Main/Separate Belay vs Dual Tension rope systems
  • litter-handling techniques
  • patient packaging strategies along with litter orientation considerations
  • why certain belay techniques and/or devices are unsuitable for rescue-sized loads
  • efficient and effective raising and lowering systems
  • simple, compound, and complex pulley systems
  • a systematic approach to rigging inspections
  • effective strategies for managing command & control including scene size-up, team briefing, and operational commands
  • ongoing research and testing results from the drop tower and tensile testing machine
  • 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.
  • 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 I- Fundamentals is 4 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: $1,425 US per person. A deposit of $450 US is required upon registration with final payment due two months prior to the seminar start date.