A 5-Day course meeting current National standards for the NFPA 1670 and 1006 requirements for Technical Rope Rescue Technician. With CSFM Low-Angle Rope Rescue Operational (LARRO) & CSFM Rescue Systems-1 (RS-1) as pre-requisites, this course focuses on a higher level of technical rope rigging systems, Incident management, High-Angle Rescue Systems and associated hazards, Critical thinking and implementation of victim access options and rescue transport options. Focus is on Team coordination and individual skills performance outlined by the NFPA.
Day 1: 9am - 6pm Lecture & Fundamentals of Low to High Angle Rescue Rigging - Hotel Conference Center and Chico Park Location TBA
Rope Rescue Theory, Pre-Planning, Remote Area Incident Mgmt, Harnesses, Stokes Lashing, Knots & Anchors, Hardware and Software Rescue Equipment, Intro to M/A Systems, Components and Set-up of the RPM
Day 2-3: 8am - 6pm Intermediate Rope Rescue Rapelling, Raising & Lowering Sys - Chico Bidwell Park
Chico Bidwell Park: Rappelling and Ascending, Rigging Mechanical Advantage Sys. “Low to High Angel” Lower/Raising System w/Stokes Litter, Building A-Frames, Searching Techniques, S&R/MCI Disaster Drill
Day 4-5: 8am - 6pm Intermediate to Advanced High-Line Rigging Sys & Rescue Scenarios - Butte Creek Canyon
Inclined Rigging System: “High Angle” Lower/Raise with Stokes, Passing knots in Raising and Lower Systems, Telfer systems, Rescue Problem: Rigging a “Telfer Line”, Test:, Clean-up.
Personal Protective Gear, PPE
We will provide you with a helmet and harness. Your own gear is welcome, but you will need to furnish your own leather gloves and & hiking boots/shoes
- Field attire: Loose fitting jeans or cargo pants are good for harness wear, and some kind of element/thermal wear appropriate or the season. Long sleeves or a light brush coat is recommended for abrasion resistance. Class will be taught "rain or shine", so make necessary provisions.
- Footwear: Slopes are steep, unstable and rocky, so hiking or wildland fire boots w/ ankle support are recommended. Lightweight hiking boots also work well.
- Gloves: You will need to supply your own leather gloves for Rope Rigging and Rapelling Evolutions.
The first day of class will be in a classroom and outdoor park training site (Rain or Shine)
- Lecture and rope skills will be information intensive! Plan on getting a good night rest beforehand.
- Bring note taking materials: your textbook, handouts and certification/registration paperwork will be provided.
- Class refreshments will be provided. However, we will break for lunch in town.
- We will be conducting outdoor rope rigging activities after lunch.
Class Days 2 - 5 backcountry field site!
We will meet at a pre-determined grocery store each morning at 7:30 for students to get lunches and then caravan or carpool to the canyon training site. Training sites are remote, wild and scenic, restrooms facilities are limited as well as cell phone signals.
Some items to consider bringing with you:
- Ice Chest and/or Thermos for hot drinks
- Lots of hydration fluids: A gallon of water and several sports drinks per day, per person.
- Sun Screen
- Hat & Sunglasses
- TechNu for Poison Oak
- Portable Camping Chair
- Thermal clothing and jacket for winter months
Last day of class
We will finish up at the training site with a written test and certificate handout. By 6pm, you should be on the road home or traveling back to your hotel.
Day 1: 9am to 5pm Introduction to Intermediate Rope Rescue Rigging Skills
- Introduction & Course Logistics, Overview Rope Rescue Theory
- NFPA Standards 1670, 1006, 1983
- Rescuer Safety: 10 and 18 of Rope Rescue, Building intermediate safe rigging systems
- Personal and Team Equipment, Signal Commands, Rescue Terminology/Safety
- Incident Management & Pre-Plan, Incident Size-Up and ICS System
- On Scene Safety and Site Control
- Remote Area Search and Rescue Techniques
- Equipment and Rope Care and Maintenance
- Rope & Webbing: Construction, Care, Maintenance, Safety Inspection, Usage Log
- Harness: Care/Maint., Manufactured Class, Personal Harnesses (Webbing and Pre-Rig), Swiss Tied (Upper & Lower), Hanson, Hasty
- Review Review Hitches: Munter, Prissik, Clove, Kliemheist, Bachman, Italian Braid, Dbl Half-hitch
- Hardwear: Carabiners, Pulleys, Break Rack, Gibbs, 8-Plates, Jumars, Kootnay, Collection Plate, Swivels, 540RQ Belay
- Review Anchor Options: Natural (Trees, Rocks) & Artificial (Vehicles, Pickets, Structures)
- Single Point Anchors: Strength, Placement, No Knot, (Single bight, 3-bight, Wrap-3-2, Girth Hitch), Pre & Tensioned Back-Tie Off
- Multi-Point Anchors Systems: Self- Equalizing, Load Sharing, Lifeline Anchors
- Load Release Hitch: (LRH) Webbing & Rope
- Mechanical Advantage: Simple and Compound Systems 1:1 COD, 2:1,3:1, 4:1 Pig, 5:1, 6:1, 9:1, 12:1
- Patient packaging
Day 2-3 8am to 5pm Intermediate Rigging Systems Focus: High Angle Rappel, RPM Raising and Lowering Systems, High Angle VIctim Pick-Off's
- Belay Friction Control Lowering Systems: Breakrack, 8-Plate, Prissiks, Mechanical Cam devices Munter Hitch, Belay Falling Load, Self Belay
- Bridge Rappel
- Rope Ascending Techniques
- High-Angle Mechanical Advantage Lower & Raising Systems: Simple, Compound, COD, Calculating M/A 3:1,4:1,5:1,9:1, Pig-Rigging, Haul Team Methods
- A-Frame: Construction, Placement, Tag-Lines, Lashing Techniques, Building A-Frames & Tripods Safety Considerations
- RPM System: Usage and Change Over
- Rigging System Safety Checks
- Victim cliff face Rescue Pick-Off's
Day 4-5 8am to 6pm Advanced Rigging Systems Focus: High-Angle Stokes Management and Use of High-Line Systems
- Stokes Litter Rigging for High-Angle Rescue: Patient Packaging, (Backboard & Stokes Litter Rigging) Securing Load, Attendant Mgmt Methods
- High-Angle Lower and Raising System: Horizontal Stokes w/Attendants, (2 Line Sys)
- High Line Tyrolean System: Set up and Use with Stokes Litter, Attendant, RPM Locomotion for descent control and raising system
- Test: Written
- Closing: Clean-Up and Certificates
- Students must be 18 years old.
- Pre-Requisite: Proof of CSFM Low-Angle Rope Rescue Operations & CSFM Rescue Systems-1 Certificates are required before taking this class.
- Students must have personal medical insurance or department insurance coverage.
- Student will need to provide you own Helmet, Class III Fulll body Harness, Long pants/Jacket, Hiking boots, Leather Gloves.
Unless otherwise notified, we will meet at 9am on the first day of class at the Oxford Suites Chico Hotel Confernece Center.
2035 Business Ln. Chico, CA 866-460-7456.
Check in a the front desk for the conference room location.