Training FAQ’s - Rescue
What certification level is awarded?
Fundamentally, each of our 8-day comprehensive courses (Industrial, Tactical, and Mountain Rescue Technician) incorporate 5 days of technician level training that is followed by 3 days of discipline specific modules and scenarios. A “technician” in rope rescue is a person that possesses the skills and knowledge to make mission-critical decisions. A technician is qualified to support and direct a rope rescue team in an area with high fall exposure -including high angle environments- to support or direct a team in advanced rope rescue functions, including pre-planning and size-up of rope rescue operations, designing and directing the construction of rope systems for moving a victim in low and high angle environments and performing advanced rope rigging functions, in conjunction with other rescue duties.
Does the certification expire?
Our Technician certification spans a 2 year period at which time a 3 day recertification is required to maintain currency. There is a 6 month grace period with which Technicians can recertify once the 2 year anniversary has passed.
Where are the courses located?
Our Industrial Rescue programs courses are hosted by an agency, addressing site-specific needs such as confined spaces and unique structural configurations. Our Mountain Rescue and Tactical Rescue programs utilize field locations in Western Washington to encompass a variety of urban and mountainous terrain features.
What equipment is provided?
We generally provide all of the load bearing equipment for quality control purposes. Personal PPE may be allowed, provided it has been inspected and is certified for the activity by governing bodies such as ANSI. Exceptions are found in our Mountain Rescue curriculum where we utilize personal rigging for improvised techniques.
Training FAQ’s - Rope Access
Will I recieve SPRAT or IRATA certification?
Our rope access courses are designed for integrative application into existing rescue and work at height programs. Rather than adopting the certification model found within SPRAT and IRATA frameworks we instruct similar methods with the intent of enhancing rescue capability and workplace safety. Practical examples include using mobile fall arrest systems to better protect roofers and home inspectors on the job, or an onsite rescue team that incorporates back-up devices for lowering system redundancy. In these cases rope access tools greatly benefit safety and capability, however, the pursuit and maintenance requirements of the traditional certification process is not necessarily appropriate. Keep in mind that SPRAT and IRATA certification requirements are stringent and are intended for those that plan to work continually under a specified rope access program.
Where are the courses located?
Our rope access courses are site-specific and are conducted at a hosting facility.
Is equipment provided?
All load bearing equipment is provided. This includes ropes, devices for ascent and descent, harnesses, helmets, carabiners and more.