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Nebraska State Fire Marshal

Jim Heine, State Fire Marshal

Rope Rescue

Course Description:

These hands-on courses will present the fundamentals of rope rescue, using only the most up-to-date equipment and techniques with major emphasis on safety. Classroom topics will include terminology, equipment selection, current standards and essential knots. Personal and practical application of rope rescue systems encompassing anchor systems, belay systems, rappelling and ascending, lowering systems, litter packaging and mechanical-advantage raising systems. Evolutions will involve analyzing systems and solving problems in both low angle and vertical environments. Course adheres to standards set forth by NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications.

Basic Rope Rescue (15 hrs)

This course covers the basics in rescue, knots, harness work, and equipment need. Class includes 3 hours of classroom and 12 hours of hands-on training.

  • Lesson 1-Potential Sites, safety equipment, rope and equipment specs, terminology - 3 hours
  • Lesson 2-Set-up of basic repel station, low angle repelling - 3 hours
  • Lesson 3-Victim pick-off’s and repelling - 3 hours
  • Lesson 4-Mechanical advantage systems - 3 hours
  • Lesson 5-Mechanical advantage-Review - 3 hours

Basic Rope Rescue Refresher (6 hrs)

The Training Division realizes that skills not used often enough can be lost. This class is designed to be a “refresher” class meant to update and further improve the skills taught in the Basic Rope Rescue class and is not intended to instruct beginners in all the aspects of rope rescue.   Subjects covered would include knots, harness work, equipment needs and maintenance, anchoring, and mechanical advantages. Class length is 6 hours with the majority of time spent working on skills development.

Advanced Rope Rescue (12 hrs)

Upon completion of basic rope rescue, this course can be taken. Advance rope rescue deals with the team concept of rescue, as well as different types of rescue such as Hi-Rise, Canyon Work, and others.

  • Lesson 1-Review of safety rules, safety equipment and specs, set-up of basic systems - 3 hours
  • Lesson 2-Mechanical advantage systems and suspension trauma - 3 hours
  • Lesson 3-Telfer line systems - 3 hours
  • Lesson 4-High line systems and scenarios - 3 hours