Rope Rescue Operator

Recommended For

Persons required to work on rope systems or to assist in Rope Rescue Operations. Designed for unit members of Specialist Rescue Teams to become operationally aware of situations and build solutions into problem areas with safety margins in place.

Course Objective

To be able to introduce a safe system of work into a Rescue situation. To become competent in basic Rope Access Skills to gain access to Rescue sites. Become competent in the use of stretcher movement and casualty management when using rope systems. To understand legal requirements and emergency procedures within a Specialist Rescue Unit.

Course Content

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.

Skill Base

Fitting and adjustment of harness.
Fitting and use of twin lanyards.
Understanding practically the use of the energy absorbing lanyards.
Fitting and use of work positioning equipment.
Correct use of PPE anchors and anchor systems including belay loading limits.
Use of work restraint systems to gain access to exposed edges.
Ability to access all areas on rope systems.
Pulley systems and mechanical advantage systems.
Friction factors.
Twin line cableways.
Tensioned rope systems and horizontal movement of stretchers.
Stretcher attendants and connections.
Control of the incident scene and equipment management.

Course Requirements

No pre course requirements.

Medical Requirements

A Reax statement of medical fitness to be signed prior to the commencement of the course. A reasonable level of fitness will be required to complete the practical element of this course.

Course Information

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