TECH RESCUE

Technical Rescue Training Courses for those who are just getting into technical rescue through season professionals who are looking for new challenges.

Tech Rescue Training

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Tech Rescue Training

Confined Space Rescue Technician - 40 Hours

The Confined Space Rescue Technician course will provide the student with exposure to many common industrial rescue challenges, and new equipment that rescue teams firefighters are not often familiar with. At the Technician level students will be challenged with more complex confined space rescue scenarios.  The goals of the course will be dictated by the job performance requirements of NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 and designed to meet the department’s request.

Topics Covered

Hazards

Lockout / Tagout

PPE

Entry

Intermediate Ropes & Rigging: Raising & Lowering Systems, Mechanical Advantage

Air monitoring / ventilation

Patient Packaging

Retrieval methods for non-complex horizontal and vertical spaces

Retrieval methods for complex horizontal and vertical spaces

Supplied Air Respirators / SCBA

Retrieval Systems

ICS / Risk Assessment

Communications

Rescue Scenarios 

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1 – 7.3, OSHA 1910.146 & 1910.147, NFPA 350

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

4 to 20 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher Training, Operations Level Courses, Custom Courses and Advanced Courses available upon request.

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Confined Space Rescue Operations: 24 - 32 Hours

The Confined Space Rescue Operations course will provide the student with exposure to many common industrial rescue challenges, and new equipment that rescue teams firefighters are not often familiar with.  The goals of the course will be dictated by the job performance requirements of NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1 and 7.2 and designed to meet the department’s request.

Topics Covered

Hazards

Lockout / Tagout

PPE

Entry

Intermediate Ropes & Rigging: Raising & Lowering Systems, Mechanical Advantage

Air monitoring / ventilation

Patient Packaging

Retrieval methods for non-complex horizontal and vertical spaces

Supplied Air Respirators / SCBA

Retrieval Systems

ICS / Risk Assessment

Communications

Rescue Scenarios 

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1 and 7.2

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

4 – 20 students

Additional Notes

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Confined Space Rescue Awareness: 4 Hours

The Confined Space Rescue Awareness course will provide the student with exposure to many common confined space rescue hazards and challenges. 

Topics Covered

Hazards

Lockout / Tagout

PPE

Air monitoring / ventilation

Equipment Needs

ICS / Risk Assessment

Communications

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

4 – 20 students

Additional Notes

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Confined Space Rescue - Team Challenges / Evaluations: 8 Hours

4 - 6 scenarios and/or skill sets will be presented to the team to accomplish.  All of the scenarios and skill sets are within the NFPA 1006 skill set for a Confined Space Rescue Technician.

CTR will provide a written evaluation and recommendations based on the team’s performance to include equipment, training and capabilities.  Participants will receive a digital completion certificate for the Confined Space Rescue Team Challenge, which will meet the annual training requirements for the OSHA standard

Topics Covered

4 – 6 Confined Space Rescue Scenarios and/or skill sets

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1 – 7.3

NFPA 1670-2017 edition, Chapter 7

NFPA 350-2018 edition, Chapters 10, 11, 12

Pre-Requisites

Approved Confined Space Rescue Technician Course

Typical Class Size

4 – 20 students

Additional Notes

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Advanced Confined Space Rescue - Rigging Challenges: 8 Hours

Students will learn to understand the forces with the various systems they rig including system safety factors. Topics will include rigging with low overhead clearances, span anchors, lowering and raising over and around objects, working within a small footprint, and evacuation from height options.

Topics Covered

System Safety Factors

Rigging with low overhead clearances

Span Anchors

Working within a small footprint

Body Anchors

Mechanical Advantage System Options

Raising and Lowering over and around obstructions

Evacuation from Height

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1 – 7.3

Pre-Requisites

Approved Confined Space Rescue Technician Course

Typical Class Size

4 – 20 students

Additional Notes

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Advanced Confined Space Rescue - Small Team Rescue Clinic: 8 Hours

Small Team Rescue – Dynamics & Efficiency 

This program will focus on efficiencies in rescue utilizing modern equipment.  This includes lanyards, hand and chest ascenders, capstan winches, PPE selection and harness setup, mobile fall arrest devices, and minimal equipment rigging options.  

Students will also learn to rig more advanced traditional systems to include compound mechanical advantage systems.

Topics Covered

PPE Selection

Harness Setup

Minimal Equipment Rigging Options

Mobile Fall Arrest Devices

Capstan Winches

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 7.1 – 7.3

Pre-Requisites

Approved Confined Space Rescue Technician Course

Typical Class Size

4 - 20 students

Additional Notes

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Rope Rescue - Technician Level: 40 hours

The Rope Rescue Technician course will provide the student with the skill set that is necessary to perform industrial and urban based rescues and is still applicable to wilderness environments.  The goals of the course will be dictated by the job performance requirements of NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 and also designed to meet the department’s request.

Topics Covered

Equipment

Knots, hitches and bends

Rappelling

Ascending

Knot Passing

Belaying

Anchoring

System Safety Ratios

Mechanical Advantage Systems

Team operations

New technology equipment

Patient Packaging

Raising and lowering systems

Twin tensioned systems

Artificial High Directional Anchors

Fall Factors

Pick Offs

Line Transfers

Medical Considerations

Vectoring

Site Hazards

Horizontal Movement, ie: Deflection Lines, Cross Hauls, High Lines

Tower Rescue

Skate Block

Fall Protection Systems

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 Edition, Chapters 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

OSHA 1910.146

OSHA 1910.147

NFPA 350

Pre-Requisites

NFPA Rope Rescue Operations Level or Equivalent Training 

Typical Class Size

8 – 16 Students

Additional Notes

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Rope Rescue - Operations Level: 32 - 40 Hours

The Rope Rescue Operations course will provide the student with exposure to many common rescue challenges, and new equipment that rescue teams and firefighters are not often familiar with.  The goals of the course will be dictated by the job performance requirements of NFPA 1006 – 2021 edition, Chapters 5.1 and 5.2 and designed to meet the department’s request.

Topics Covered

PPE

Safety

Hardware & Software

Rescue Rope Rules

Rope use, care, inspection and retirement

Knots, hitches and bends

Anchors

Belay

Mechanical Advantage

Harnesses

Patient Packaging

Raising & lowering systems

Low angle rescue scenario

High angle rescue scenarios

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 Edition, Chapters 5.1 & 5.2

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

8 – 16 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher and advanced courses available.

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Tower Rescue Technician: 30 - 32 Hours

The tower rescue class will cover how to climb various tower structure types, such as water towers, cell towers, transmission towers, radio towers and other structures and scenarios that do not allow us to perform a standard “top-down” rescue. These rescues rather require us to climb up from the ground to a victim, or across a span which does not lend itself to other types of rigging.

This class can be run in 3 - 10 hour days or 4 - 8 hour days.

Topics Covered

Tower Hazards

Lock Out Tag Out

Tower Rescue Access Equipment

Commands and Communications

Belay Competency

Tower Climbing / Down Climbing

Pull Through Anchors

Mechanical Advantage Systems

Integrating with Aerial Devices

Lead Climbing

           Belayingtechniques

           Rigging

Work positioning

Ground Based Rescue Operations

           DirectLowers

Skate Blocks

System Failures /Complications

Victim Access andMovement

Tower Based Rescue

Scenarios

Standards

NFPA 1006, Chapters 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Pre-Requisites

NFPA Rope Rescue Operations Level or Equivalent Training        

Typical Class Size

8 - 16 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher Courses Available

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Rope Rescue - Lead Climbing: 16 Hours

The lead climbing class will cover how to climb various structure types, such as water towers, cell towers, buildings under construction, bridges, amusement park rides and other structures and scenarios that do not allow us to perform a standard “top-down” rescue.  These rescues rather require us to climb up from the ground to a victim, or across a span which does not lend itself to other types of rigging.

Topics Covered

Industrial fall protection

Dynamic rope

Lead Climbing

Belaying techniques

Rigging

Work positioning

Aid Climbing

Climbing with twin lanyards

Fall Factors

Skate Blocks

Associated Hazards

Standards

Pre-Requisites

NFPA Rope Rescue Operations Level or Equivalent Training

Typical Class Size

8 – 16 Students

Additional Notes

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Rope Rescue - Portable Anchor Systems / Artificial High Directionals: 16 & 32 Hours

Students will learn how to utilize commercially available portable anchor systems to add flexibility and efficiency in their rope systems. The 16 hour class will focus primarily on 3 leg and some 2 leg configurations. The 32 hour course will expand on 3 leg, 2 leg and monopod configurations and more complex rigging. Courses can be tailored for agencies that have equipment specific and site-specific needs. Contact us for a consultation and site visit to better address your concerns.

Topics Covered

Equipment

Knots, hitches and bends

Rappelling

Ascending

Knot Passing

Belaying

Anchoring

Advanced Rigging

System Safety Ratios

Mechanical Advantage Systems

Team operations

New technology equipment

Patient Packaging

Raising and lowering systems

Twin tensioned systems

Artificial High Directional

Elevated Anchors

Double Line Litter Lower

Resultant

Fall Factors

Pick Offs

Line Transfers

Medical Considerations

Vectoring

Site Hazards

Deflection Lines

Skate Block

High Lines

Fall Protection Systems

Standards

NFPA 350-2019 Edition, Chapter 10.7

NFPA 1006-2021 Edition, Chapters 5.2, 5.3, 7.2, 7.3

NFPA 1670-2017 Edition, Chapters 5.3, 5.4, 7.3, 7.4

NFPA 1858-2018 Edition, Chapter 5.10

NFPA 1983-2017 Edition, Chapters 5.19, 6.19, 7.19

Pre-Requisites

NFPA Rope Rescue Operations Level or Equivalent Training

Typical Class Size

12– 16 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher Courses Available

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Low Angle / Basic Rope Rescue:

This course will be delivered to both the cognitive and practical learning environments.  The overall goal is to provide the department with the ability to perform low angle rescue for incidents such as a vehicle down an embankment.

Topics Covered

PPE
Safety
Hardware & Software
Rescue Rope Rules
Rope use, care, inspection and retirement
Knots & breaking strengths
Anchors
Belay
Mechanical Advantage
Harnesses
Patient Packaging
Raising & lowering systems
Low angle rescue scenario

Standards

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

6 - 16 Students

Additional Notes

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Swiftwater Rescue Technician: 32 Hours

This 32-contact hour course is delivered through the cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning domains. Water rescue at the operations level includes providing knowledge and skills when responding to surface water, cold water and swift-water rescues.  The training is designed for shore or boat-based rescuers, who may be performing rescues from those areas and / or be supporting technician level rescuers.  

Technician level knowledge and skills provide for advanced level swiftwater rescues and is an intensive hands-on training program with students spending a significant amount of time mastering water rescue skills in fast moving water.  There will also be several water rescue scenarios for students to complete as a team exercise.

Topics Covered

Hazard Assessment

Rescuer Safety

Risk Management

Hypothermia & Near Drowning

Dynamics of Moving Water

Flooding

Water Search Techniques

Case Studies

NFPA Standards

Self-Rescue Techniques

Shore Based Rescue Techniques

Boat Based Rescue Techniques

Incident Management

Water Rescue Equipment 

Go Rescues

Rescue Swimmer Skills

Night Operations

High Angle Rope Rescue

Helicopter Water Rescue Operations

Rope Systems for Swiftwater Rescue

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 Edition, Chapters 18.1, 18.2 & 18.3

Pre-Requisites

Pre-Approved Basic Rope Rescue Class

Typical Class Size

8 – 16 Students

Additional Notes

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Swiftwater Boat Operator: 24 - 32 Hours

Boat Operations at the operations level includes providing knowledge and skills when responding to surface water, cold water and swift-water rescues.  The training is designed for shore or boat based rescuers, who may be performing rescues from those areas and / or be supporting technician level rescuers. 

This program will be designed around the department’s boats and equipment.  It can be any one or combination of paddle, power boats, and boats on highlines.

Topics Covered

Hazard Assessment

Rescuer Safety

Risk Management

Hypothermia & Near Drowning

Dynamics of Moving Water

Flooding

Water Search Techniques

Case Studies

NFPA Standards

Self-Rescue Techniques

Shore Based Rescue Techniques

Boat Based Rescue Techniques

Incident Management

Water Rescue Equipment

Safety

PPE

Risk Assessment

Boat Equipment

Boat Inspection

Boat Anatomy

Checklists

Equipment

Mission Specific Operations

Crew positions

Boat Handling

- Race Course / Obstructions

- Forward & Reverse

- Holding Station

Rules of the Road

Environment

Man Over Board (MOB)

Victims and recovery

Boats on Highlines

Trailering

Maintenance 

Standards

Pre-Requisites

Swiftwater Rescue Operations Level Training.  For non-swiftwater rescue classes, a previous basic water rescue class is acceptable.  A recreational boater safety course is also recommended for any departments who will operate on navigable water.

Typical Class Size

4 students per available boat

Additional Notes

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Ice Rescue Technician: 16 Hours

This program is designed to provide the student with the cognitive and practical knowledge to respond to rescues in ice and cold-water environments. After a classroom session, all students will learn shore based rescue and technician level students will perform on-ice / in-water rescues.

Topics Covered

Support procedures, equipment, communications, maps

Ice and water conditions, characteristics and hazards (hydrology)

Hypothermia, entrapment potential, survival techniques, drowning

Victim behavior and rescuer safety

Personal protective equipment, rope handling

Hazard identification, retrieval locations

Policies, procedures, and information sources

Swim aids and techniques

PPE and equipment overview

Self – rescue

Shore based rescue

Reach

Throw

Row (Boat based) rescue (if available)

Go Rescue

Night Operations

Scenarios

Standards

NFPA 1006 Chapter 20.1, 20.2 and 20.3

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

8 – 16 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher and custom courses available.

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Water Rescue: 8 - 16 Hours

This basic program is designed to meet the needs of the AHJ that may respond to water rescue incidents and perform shore and/or boat based rescue from backyard swimming pools to ponds, lakes, rivers and flooding incidents.

Topics Covered

Hazard Assessment

Rescuer Safety

Risk Management

Hypothermia & Near Drowning

Dynamics of Moving Water

Flooding

Water Search Techniques

Case Studies

NFPA Standards

Self-Rescue Techniques

Shore Based Rescue Techniques

Boat Based Rescue Techniques

Incident Management

Water Rescue Equipment

Safety

PPE

Risk Assessment

Mission Specific Operations

Environment

Victims and recovery

Standards

NFPA 1006 Chapter 17.1 & 17.2

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

8 - 16 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher and custom courses available.

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Trench Rescue - Operations & Technician Levels: 16 or 32 Hours

The trench rescue operations and technician program will teach students how to respond safely and mitigate a trench collapse and extricate victims safely. The operations level training covers straight trenches that are 8' deep or less, while the technician level covers deep trenches, intersecting trenches and heavy lifts.

These objectives will be met with a combination of classroom and hands on training to ensure students can show both cognitive and practical competency in trench rescue.  Case studies will be utilized to show real world incidents, and to learn the pitfalls encountered and the lessons.  

Topics Covered

Operations Level

Regulations and Standards

Common causes of trench collapse

Hazard and Risk Assessment

Incident Action Plan

Trench Incident Safety

Trench Rescue Equipment review

Air monitoring / ventilation

Safe trenches using sheeting, wood and pneumatic shoring 

Safe straight trenches

Supplemental sheeting and shoring

Victim considerations / treatment

Patient packaging and removal

Removal of equipment

Incident termination

Technician Level

Dewatering Operations

Deep trenches

Intersecting trenches

Heavy lifts

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 Edition, Chapter 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3

Pre-Requisites

Approved Basic Rope Rescue Training

Typical Class Size

8 - 16 students

Additional Notes

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Building / Structural Collapse Search and Rescue: 40 Hours

This program will focus on responding to a collapse of light frame or unreinforced masonry (URM) structures. The training is designed for members with minimal collapse experience but have prior rescue training in accordance with the core set of skills and knowledge outlined for all technical rescue disciplines in NFPA 1006.

Topics Covered

Hazard Assessment

Rescuer Safety

Risk Management

Building Construction

Tools and Tool Safety

Shoring Construction

Search Techniques

Case Studies

NFPA Standards

Search Equipment

Void search and rescue

Incident Management

Standards

NFPA 1006 – 2021 Edition, Chapters 6.1 and 6.2

Pre-Requisites

None

Typical Class Size

10 - 20 Students

Additional Notes

Refresher courses available

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sUAS (Drone) Operations: 24 Hour

This course will provide the student with the core content required to ensure safe flight operations, including all phases of flight from mission planning to post-mission documentation and record keeping.  Instructors will review the student’s documentation daily.

Topics Covered

Legal and Ethical sUAS Operations

Physiology of Flight

FAA Flight Authorizations

6 Legal Ways to fly a sUAS

Blanket vs Jurisdictional COA

Flying Part 107 vs Agency COA

Aeronautical Decision Making

Crew Resource Management

Concepts of Operation and Standard Operating Procedures

Operations in Controlled Airspace

Photography & Video

Mission Planning

Record Keeping

Flight Systems

MultiRotor

Fixed Wing

Payloads

Sensor Options

Basic Flight Controls

Flight Inspections

Maintenance

Firmware upgrades

Batteries

Pre-Flight Applications

Flight Applications

Basic Autonomous Flight

In-Flight Emergency Operations

Flight Crew Operations

Mission Debriefings & Reporting

Emerging sUAS Technology


Flight Skills (done in both GPS & Attitude / Manual Modes)

Take Off & Landings

Basic Flight Maneuvers

Complex Flight Maneuvers

Sensor Operations

In-Flight Emergencies

Basic Autonomous Flights

Standards

FAA Part 107

Pre-Requisites

Current FAA Part 107 Pilot Certification

Typical Class Size

2 - 12 students depending on the number of available UAS platforms

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sUAS (Drones): Focused Flight Skills - Technical Rescue: 16 Hours

This course will provide the student updates and reviews of current FAA and operational recommendations, and be focused heavily on flight applications, flight time to include multiple types of autonomous missions, and basic post-processing techniques.  Mission planning to post-mission documentation and record keeping will be reinforced with the student’s documentation reviewed by instructors daily.  

The focus will be on the use of drones in search and rescue and in payload delivery for rescue.

Topics Covered

Current Events

Updates and Review of

Physiology of Flight 

FAA Flight Authorizations 

Aeronautical Decision Making 

Crew Resource Management 

Operations in Controlled Airspace

Photography & Video

Mission Planning

Record Keeping

Mission Debriefing and Reporting

Post Flight Processing Options

Flight Skills (done in both GPS & Attitude / Manual Modes)

Take Off & Landings

Basic Flight Maneuvers

Complex Flight Maneuvers

Payload Delivery

Sensor Operations

In-Flight Emergencies

Basic Autonomous Flights

In-Depth Autonomous Flights

Scenario Based Training Missions

Instructors will create multiple scenario types for students to plan, fly, post-flight processing and reporting

Standards

FAA Part 107

Pre-Requisites

Basic UAS Operations or Equivalent - this is advanced training

Typical Class Size

2 - 12 students depending on the number of available UAS platforms

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