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Advanced Rope Operations and Technician (Backcountry Training)

Open enrollment dates – Sept. 18-22, 2023
Location – Chattanooga, TN
Price: $1,100

Prerequisite : None

Start your rope rescue journey at a high level! Learn the same skills required for NFPA Rope Rescue Operations and Technician certification, only in a backcountry, urban interface environment.

Improve your rigging techniques while using trees and rocks instead of I-beams as you build anchor systems. The course covers skills used in industrial, confined space, and mountain rescue.

 Skills include: site operations, victim management, fall prevention, PPE, rescue equipment & maintenance, knot craft, ropes/rigging, anchor systems, rappelling/ascending,

lowering/hauling/belay operations, patient packaging, ICS, and rescue scenarios utilizing the use of an artificial high directional.

 The final day of the course will include Personal Mobility skills (basic rope access skills).

 The skills portion of this class will be conducted in an outdoor setting.

 This certification is valid for a period of two-years



PPE Competent Person Certification

21-hours (Three  7-hour days)

Prerequisite: None

This course is available as an open enrollment or private course.

ANSI Z359 says equipment should be inspected by a competent person other than the user, at intervals of no more than one year. Are you able to follow this standard?


Learn to competently examine work-at-height personal protective equipment using the Petzl protocol and to create an effective PPE-management system.


  • Understanding the changes in legislation and the current requirements regarding the control of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Presentation of technical evolutions regarding the construction of PPE, and how these may affect their periodic examinations.
  • Exchanges and sharing of examination experiences with other students.
  • Presentation and use of Petzl’s examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.

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Rope Access Awareness

16-hours (2- 8 hour days)

Prerequisite Rope Rescue Technician

This course is available as an open enrollment or private course.

This course is intended to provide awareness level information and basic rope access skills for the technically trained rescuer.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to competently perform a risk analysis of a technical rope access job site/rescue scene and be able to assist a rope access team (to the extent of their skill and knowledge) with performing a rescue from ropes.

The hands-on class gives the student the skills to complete a safety inspection of all equipment needed to safely move on a two-rope system while performing simple rope access maneuvers that include ascending, descending, change over from accent to decent and change over from decent to accent; preform a rope-to-rope transfer maneuver.

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Tower Rescue Technician

2500Prerequisite: Rope Rescue Technician
40-hours (Five 8-hour days)
$1200 per person (daily lunch included)

This course is available as an open enrollment or private course.

The course covers all requirements as outlined in Chapter 23 Tower Search and Rescue of NFPA 2500 Standards on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, as well as the newly realigned NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications (2021 edition) which added several new specialty areas which now includes Tower Rescue.

Towers offer a true challenge to any rescuer. There are many hazards on and around these towers. Understanding fall protection, radio frequency hazards, microwave radiation, electrical hazards, anchoring options and limitations, edge protection concerns, climbing requirements and identifying the many different types of towers is only a part of what is covered in this course. Those who successfully complete the class will prepared for an emergency response to a high-angle rescue involving communications towers, radio towers, as well as other man-made structures.

Topics include:

  • RF Safety (radio frequency hazards, microwave radiation and electrical hazards)
  • Tower Hazards (fall protection, anchor options & limitations, rope protection concerns)
  • Tower Climbing Equipment and Techniques (climbing requirements and techniques, review of tools unique to tower work, understanding types of towers, integrated tower safety systems)
  • Tower Rescue Methods (rescue from fall protection, rescue through an obstructed path, both horizontal and vertical rescue requirements, various rope systems to accomplish complex rescues)

Testing: Both a written and a skills test will be administered at the end of class.

Trench Rescue Technician

30 hour (3- 10 hour days)

Prerequisite: General Rescuer or Equivalent

This course prepares individuals/teams to apply Advanced Techniques in Trench Environments to meet the requirements of NFPA 1006 (2021) Technical-Level  Standards for Technical Rescuer – Chapter 11 and NFPA 2500 Technician-level Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents – Chapter 11.

Skills include: Site Operations, Victim Management, PPE and Rescue Equipment Use and Maintenance, Soil Physics & Classifications, Collapse Causes and Types, Protective Shoring and Shielding Systems, Simple Systems, and Patient Removal and Packaging.

This course meets competency requirements for OSHA 1926.650

This certification is valid for a period of two-years.

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40 hour (5- 8 hour days)

This course is intended to provide information and practical skills for the candidate to work competently and safely on rope. In addition, this course will provide the candidate with the skills needed to successfully pass the level of SPRAT testing they intend to be evaluated on (level I or level II).

Course objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the level I worker candidate should be able to:

  • Perform a safety inspection of all equipment and systems
  • Perform basic rope access maneuvers
  • Assist in system rigging
  • Perform a rescue

In addition to the above list, a level II technician candidate should be able to:

  • Evaluate systems and equipment safety and perform system analysis
  • Perform advanced rope access maneuvers
  • Build anchor systems
  • Perform more advanced rescue procedures utilizing mechanical advantage and lowering systems

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Rock Climbing Self-Rescue

20 Hours (1- 4-hour day + 2 – 8-hour days)
Chattanooga, TN 
April 21-23, 2023
$400 per person

Prerequisites + Personal Equipment Required 

 This course is designed for climbers who want to understnd the fundametnal skills of self-rescue. Our instructors will tailor the course to the students’ experience level. Using scenario-based learning, the course will focus on prevention and safety.  Simple rescue systems are the foundation for the advanced rescue techniques.  Skills include:  understanding the tools of self-rescue, decision-making in the vertical environment, knots and hitches in self-rescue, rappelling and ascending in a rescue situation, assisted/counterweight rappelling, pulley systems and much more. 

Prerequisites and Personal Equipment Required: the ability to face/crack climb 5.8 in difficulty, UIAA climbing helmet, climbing harness, plaquette style belay/rappel device (ATC or similar), 2 – 120cm slings, 4 – 60cm slings, 4 – locking carabiners (2 should be HMS/pear-shaped), 6 – non-locking carabiners.

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