Enviro-Tech International
Rope Rescue Training

Level-1 High Angle Rope Rescue Training

 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:

Rescue Concepts

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
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  

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


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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