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Rescue Northwest offers a full line of technical rescue classes. Please call for details if your department or squad is interested in hosting a class. All fees are based on class size. Content is listed below, however classes may be customized to meet your department's specific needs.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses listed here comply with NFPA 1670, Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, 2014 edition, and/or NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition.

Schedule of Upcoming Courses

Rope Rescue I (24 hours)

Cost: $395

This course meets requirements for awareness and operations levels, and will provide the student with the ability to approach rope rescue situations safely and conduct rope rescue operations in low-angle situations, as well as practice safe rescuer skills in high-angle situations.

Skills taught include:

  • Size up
  • Equipment selection
  • Knots
  • Anchors
  • Ascending and descending
  • Raising and lowering systems
  • Patient Packaging
  • Litter tending in the low-angle environment

Rope Rescue II (24 hours)

Cost: $395

This course addresses requirements for technician level, with the exception of Highline Rope Systems, and will provide the student with the ability to conduct rescue operations in most high-angle situations.

Skills taught include:

  • Advanced anchor systems
  • Advanced haul systems
  • Raising and lowering systems for the high-angle environment
  • Knot passing
  • High directional anchors
  • "Pick-off" rescues
  • Litter rigging and tending in the high-angle environment
Rope Rescue I/II (40 hours)

Cost: $695

This course combines the previous two courses (Rope Rescue I and Rope Rescue II) into one 5-day class, and eliminates the review of Rope Rescue I skills normally performed at the beginning of Rope Rescue II. It also allows the students to learn by immersion, and covers most of the NFPA Rope Rescue Technician requirements.


Highlines (16 hours)

Cost: $325

In this course the student spends two full days not only rigging various types of offsets and highlines, but studying the physics behind them as well. We'll follow a progression through the configurations listed below and determine the application of each.

Configurations include:

  • Tag lines
  • Guiding lines and offsets
  • Low-tension highlines
  • Sloping highlines
  • Horizontal highlines

This class can be combined with Towers and Trees below to make up Rope Rescue III (32 hours.)

Towers and Trees (16 hours)

Cost: $325

Designed for those who have some high-angle experience already, this class addresses the requirements in NFPA 1006 2013 Edition, Sections.6.2.7 and 6.2.8. This class covers the basics of how to safely and efficiently access and rescue victims in environments that rescuers don't ordinarily have to deal with.

Skills taught include:

  • Tower structure basics
  • Tower climbing techniques
  • Tower-based and ground-based rescue techniques
  • Tower and tree safety
  • Accessing the tree canopy
  • Tree rescue techniques

This class can be combined with Highlines above to make up Rope Rescue III (32 hours.)


Confined Space Awareness (8 hours)

Cost: $150

This course provides the student with the ability to recognize confined spaces and related hazards, prevent further injury, and summon additional resources.

Skills taught include:

  • Size up
  • Hazard identification
  • Non-entry retrieval
  • Site control and scene management
  • Overview of applicable state & federal regulations
  • Overview of NFPA 1670 applicable chapters

Confined Space and Industrial Rescue (32 hours)

Cost: $695

In addition to the curriculum of Awareness, this course will provide the student with training in pre-entry operations, operation management, and entry into confined spaces.

Skills taught include:

  • Awareness training
  • Atmospheric monitoring
  • Ventilation
  • Isolation techniques
  • Selection and use of PPE
  • Patient packaging for confined space rescue
  • Anchor systems
  • Raising, lowering, and belay systems
  • Respiratory protection and comm systems as available

Rescue Systems I (40 hours)

This course provides the student with basic skills necessary to function as an Operations level rescuer in disaster situations as well as routine situations involving rope rescue and building collapse rescue.

Subjects taught include:

  • All rope rescue topics per Rope Rescue I above
  • Intro to urban search and rescue
  • Search techniques
  • Heavy lifting and moving with pry bars, jacks, airbags
  • Cribbing techniques
  • Emergency building shoring including vertical, horizontal, and raker shores

Ice Rescue (8 hours)

This course will provide the student with the ability to approach ice rescue situations safely, assess hazards, resources, and conditions, and perform both shore-based and "go" ice rescues, as appropriate. All functions of awareness, operations, and technician levels are addressed. 

Subjects taught include:

  • Identification of hazards, resources and conditions
  • Developing an operational plan
  • Performing shore-based rescues
  • Performing the "GO!" rescue
  • OSHA-compliant shoring
  • Situational problem solving and pre-planning