Rope Rescue Technician

Rope Rescue – Technician Level

This program is a combination of classroom and hands-on, practical activities specifically designed to address the needs of fire and rescue agencies which may be called upon to perform rope based rescues that exceed the capabilities of an Operations Level trained organization. It is also intended to address the specific rope rescue related needs of the Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. It meets the capabilities listed in NFPA 1670 for a Technician Level Rope Rescue Team.

While the program includes a brief review of some operations level skills and techniques, participants must, as a prerequisite for this class, be familiar with basic knotcraft, anchoring, lowering, belay and pulley systems.

The classroom portion of the program focuses on the physics of rope rescue as they apply to anchoring systems, friction and resultants and a presentation on horizontal systems (including highlines).

The hands-on portion includes advanced anchoring, pulley systems ranging from simple to complex, hot-change-overs and the use of the Petzl I’D. Considerable time is spent performing a variety of high angle litter work both with and without an artificial high directional (Arizona Vortex©). Participants will also construct and operate a minimum of two horizontal systems, including at least one highline.

Unlike the operations level program, this class also includes rappel based pick-offs.These operations are inherently more hazardous than team based rescues and should only be performed by those with additional training.
For more information, or to schedule a rope rescue program for your department, please contact: Dave VanHolstyn at