Fundamental Rope Rescue Training for First Responders


ETI's Level 1 High Angle Rescue course teaches the fundamentals of high angle rescue and evacuation techniques. Level I training emphasizes basic raising and lowering systems, equipment options, safety systems, the use of highlines, and patient packaging and handling techniques. Participants learn basic rope rescue techniques and learn how to work effectively with others to initiate and complete challenging rescues under a variety of conditions.

The training is an intense learning experience designed to give emergency responders a solid working knowledge of high angle rope rescue skills. The knowledge and skills learned in this course apply to roadside situations as well as backcountry environments. The curriculum meets the requirements for NFPA 1670 (2004 edition) Rope Rescue Technician, and is essential training for people working with rescue teams, fire departments, government agencies, and other organizations working in high angle environments. The major concepts taught during the course are listed below:


Safety

  • General scene safety
  • Rescuer safety-the new approach
  • Rope and web for rescue
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Equipment ratings and what they mean
  • Knots for rescue work
  • Load release hitches
  • Pre-planning
  • Anticipating problems
  • The conservative approach

Rescue System Basics

  • Rescue physics
  • Rescue Anchors
  • Multi point anchors
  • Intro to bolting techniques
  • Edge protection methods
  • Descending and ascending devices
  • Brake systems for rescue
  • Rappelling techniques
  • Ascending techniques

Working with Litters

  • Injuries at height
  • Fall suspension dangers
  • Stabilizing the fall victim
  • Litter packaging
  • Litter rigging for low angle terrain
  • Litter rigging for vertical evacuation
  • Litter tending techniques
  • Edge techniques

Team Response

  • Team structure and leadership
  • Scene size up
  • Organizing resources
  • Rescuer safety
  • Rescue priorities
  • Medical priorities
  • Effective communications

Low Tech Rescues

  • The pick off
  • The assisted rappel
  • Belay escape and self Rescue

Lowering Systems

  • System components
  • The main Line package
  • The belay line package
  • Knot passing techniques
  • Evaluating the system

Raising Systems

  • The change over
  • The main Line package
  • The belay line package
  • Mechanical advantage systems

Highlines

  • Artificial high directionals
  • Messenger delivery techniques
  • Tag lines
  • Carriage systems
  • Reeve type highlines
  • The set up
  • Communication-making it work

Putting It All Together

  • Developing improvisational skills
  • High angle problem solving
  • Training and evaluation

Course Format

The Level 1- High Angle Rescue Training Program is 40 hours in length taught over 5 consecutive days. Course curriculum is presented in a combination of classroom and field sessions. The bulk of the program is presented as practical hands on experience. The course is an intense and challenging program, customized to meet the needs of the contracting organization. All standard safety and rescue equipment used during the training program are the responsibility of the participating organization. Individual participants are required to supply their own personal safety equipment, such as, helmets, rescue harnesses, gloves, and minimal hardware. A list will be provided in advance of the program. Participants should be in good physical condition and have basic climbing skills.

Course Cost

The cost varies depending upon the location and number of participants. Each of our training courses can be tailored or modified to meet the specific requirements of the contracting organization. Please contact our office for a detailed proposal.

Scheduling A Course

Courses are scheduled on a contract basis and can be conducted in any suitable location where adequate terrain is available for training purposes. To arrange a training program with us, we require a minimum enrollment of 10 - 15 students. If you are not able to meet the minimum enrollment requirements, sponsoring a course is a great option. By making spaces available to others in your area, minimum enrollments can usually be met. Contact our office for detailed information about scheduling a training program for your organization.

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Montrose, CO 81402
(970)249-7590

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