Rope Rescue

The most common courses are listed below. If you would like detailed course outlines or can't find what you're looking for, call or email us.  The Response Group is known for tailoring courses to the needs of it's customers.

Rope rescue team development

4 - 10  DAYS

Develop the rope rescue skills required to enable a group of untrained dedicated rescue personnel to perform effective and safe rescues.  Learn to use the most up to date rescue equipment and apply simple techniques to a variety of different problems.  After a first day of theory and principles, the team will apply the skills in the field in realistic situations.  Work as a team to achieve some amazing results. 



Rescue from towers, wind turbines and stacks seems straight forward at first glance.  However, the strategy may change depending on the configuration, the height and number of workers available.  What works well on a guyed telecom tower might not be the best for a transmission tower.   The rescue system needs to be rehearsed in a realistic situation that mimics the problem and pre-rigged to ensure quick and successful outcome when the rescuer is under stress.

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Most urban areas have rope rescue teams that may be able to help a fallen worker.  However, in Alberta, calling 911 cannot be used as your only rescue strategy.  This course provides the basic techniques to help a co-worker who is suspended from a harness as a result of a fall.  The equipment is designed to be very simple to use but as a result, there is not much improvising.  It works best when there is a clear lowering path below where the worker is hanging.

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RESCUE competency audit

1 - 2 DAYS

Rescue training does not guarantee competency.  All our rescue courses require follow up to ensure that the participant engages in practices or simulations to improve competency.  Compentency audits are usually performed weeks or months after the initial training to ensure that the company is following recommendations. The contractor observes trained rescuers in action and identifes key areas where equipment, technique or safety can be improved.  Timed objective competency tests can be developed to measure the rescuer's ability to respond without panic in an emergency.



2 - 3 DAYS

Workers are trained to use very simple pre-rigged rescue equipment that is designed specifically to immediately remove a worker from a fall arrest system.  This strategy only works in situations where there are no obstructions below the fall worker and there is a clear lowering path to the ground or safe level.


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In most jurisdictions, the regulations recognize that a worker who has fallen and been suspended in a harness is in a dire situation.  Although there is much controversy and differing opinions about the risk of hanging in a harness, we all agree that suspension definitely aggrevates the fallen worker’s condition.  A worker who is using a harness rarely hits the ground but will almost certainly be injured.  Rescue plans are required for workers using fall arrest systems but also for any work done on platforms only accessed by ladders or in restricted or confined spaces.  The rescue plan often will often define the training required for workers or rescue teams to respond effectively.


Why is Rope Rescue Training Important?

When employees are working at heights or in areas with poor access, transporting a worker with an injury, a medical condition or a stranded worker can be difficult.  Most jurisdictions require a foolproof and immediate rescue when a worker has fallen because of the risks associated with suspension in a harness.  However, any worker who is not mobile can be difficult to transport to emergency care when access is difficult. Careful planning can minimize the need for complicated rescue but many businesses require a rope rescue capability and do not have it.

The Response Group Inc. has been providing rescue consulting and training for 25 years to almost every type of business, emergency response personnel and military.