Rope Rescue Operator

The Rope Rescue Operator course offers an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed for an individual to become an effective part of a rope rescue team. This course is usually taken by operators that will be under the supervision of a rope rescue supervisor. The course teaches skills ranging from fall protection techniques to the inspection, care and maintenance of rope and other rescue equipment.

Rope Rescue is a method of rescuing casualties that have fallen from height or have become trapped underground. As well as tying and using ropes, this type of course teaches how to ensure the ropes are safely secured.

The course is ideally suited to individuals and teams offering mountain rescue and disaster relief as well as for coastguard teams and industrial rope access teams. The 5-day course teaches attendees how to identify hazards and determine the best method of rescue. They will also learn basic and some advanced rope skills, the application of anchors, and how to care for casualties until they can be safely transported. REAX Ltd has a dedicated simulation centre in Blackpool, Lancashire, where we offer all of our training courses. Browse the courses we offer on our site or call us with any questions you have about our courses or services.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • The Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Methods of Fall Protection
  • Existing Safe Working platforms
  • Anchor identification and selection
  • Movement on rope systems (Ascending / Descending, passing knots, rope to rope transfer, passing deviations, fixed and mobile aid climbing.)
  • Fall arrest methods and understanding of suspension intolerance
  • Problem solving for Rope Systems on the incident ground
  • Casualty management and movement using stretchers and ‘C’ Spine immobilisation
  • Risk assessing, identifying hazards and planning the work task
  • Inspection care and maintenance

Rope systems form the basis of most emergency rescue kits. The area needs to be assessed before a rescue system can be installed, and the rope rescue operator needs to use the most appropriate anchor, pulley, and rope system available for the circumstances.

The Rope Rescue Operator course teaches candidates the specifics of the Working at Height Regulations 2005. These provide best working practices and safety practices for working at elevated positions.

Equipment must be properly maintained in order that it remains effective. This 5 day rope access course teaches attendees how to ensure that their equipment is kept in the best possible condition.

Who Needs This Course?

  • Course duration – 5 days
  • Recertification period 3 years

Rope rescue courses are aimed at members of rope rescue teams: typically, at individuals that will work under a rope rescue supervisor. The course itself lasts for 5 days and has a recertification period of 3 years, which means that the operator will have to retrain before this period lapses.

Participant Requirements

  • No pre-course requirements
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required
  • Students should not be able to work at height
  • All participants must sign a medical release form before they can start the course

There are no prerequisites for this course. There is some physical work required during the practical course, and it is assumed that any participants have an adequate level of fitness. Participants will be required to sign a medical form stating that they can complete the course.

Rope Rescue Operator Courses At REAX Ltd

REAX Ltd has a dedicated simulation centre in Blackpool, Lancashire. Our highly qualified instructors offer both practical and theory elements and ensure that all participants are given the knowledge they require. Whether you are an individual looking for rope access training, or you manage a group of rescue operators that need to recertify within the 3-year deadline, we offer the training course for you.

Browse our full catalogue of rope operator and rescue courses on our website, and book directly. Alternatively, give us a call on 01253 767775 and speak to one of our knowledgeable team who will be able to answer questions or queries about the course and services that we offer.

Course Information

Valid for: 3 Years
Duration: 5 Day
Ratio: 1:6
Assessment: Practical & Written