About the Course

The third and final course available in a three-part series, Rescue & Rigging Field Guide Series: Technician provides various solutions for rope-based rescue situations in the urban and industrial environments into everyday operations as it relates to rescue and rigging.

This course is not meant to be exclusive but rather entirely intended to equipment technicians in furthering their knowledge and skills through field training; it ties into all areas of skills sets in both 1670 and 1006 (Operations and Technicians) respectively. This course covers all Operations level objectives for professional rescuers as listed in NFPA 1670 and 1006 and illuminates students to NFPA 1006 Chapters 4, 5 and 6 and provides rope-based rescue solutions for the urban and industrial environments. The material inside also touches on and depicts all relevant components of the NFPA Technical Rescuer skills sets in order to better prepare rescue and rigging professionals for field work and exercises. The ultimate determination of authority is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and we’re proud to share that this course covers the majority of the JPRs (Job Performance Requirements) required per NFPA 1006.

This is an evergreen course and the expansion of its material is an ongoing process designed to eclipse and exceed all minimum requirements set forth by NFPA; the content will always be updated as new material is made and industry standards rise.

The course has been created with various rigging disciplines in mind, including volunteer and professional Firefighters, Industrial Rescue Team Responders, EMS providers, USAR members, Search and Rescue Team Members, Military Rescue personnel, Professional Rope Access Technicians, Tower Workers, and trainers.

What You'll Learn

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Knots, rope rescue equipment, and PPE

  • Belaying rescue loads and appropriate safety practices

  • Identifying anchor points and rigging anchor systems

  • Rescuer personal rope skills

  • Patient packaging and litter operations

  • Mechanical advantage theory

  • Raising and lowering systems

  • Rescuer and team-based rope rescue skills and techniques

  • Rescue decision-making and team deployment

  • An introduction to basic Highline Systems

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    Rigging Lab Academy: Multiple Instructors

    This course is brought to you through the efforts of multiple Rigging Lab Academy Instructors. These instructors have hand-selected material from their full-featured courses — all of which are exclusively available here at Rigging Lab Academy — and contributed them to a specific section or unit of this course. By blending the teachings of various instructors, Rigging Lab Academy members will gain exposure to different areas of expertise, course materials, and teaching methodologies.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
    • 1.1 Welcome
    • 1.2 Course Material
    • 1.3 Rope Rescue Course Text
    • 1.4 Physics for Roping Technicians
  • 2
    Unit 2: Force Multipliers: Vectors, Scalars & Unitless Values
    • 2.1 Force Multipliers: Vectors, Scalars & Unitless Values
    • 2.2 Video Tutorial: Vectors, Scalars, & Unit-less Values Part 1
    • 2.3 Video Tutorial: Vectors, Scalars, & Unit-less Values Part 2
    • 2.4 Quiz: Force Multipliers: Vectors, Scalars & Unitless Values
  • 3
    Unit 3: Force Multipliers: Vector Analysis of Tripod Systems
    • 3.1 Force Multipliers: Vector Analysis of Tripod Systems
    • 3.2 Video Tutorial: Vector Analysis of Tripod Systems Part 1
    • 3.3 Video Tutorial: Vector Analysis of Tripod Systems Part 2
    • 3.4 Quiz: Force Multipliers: Vector Analysis of Tripod Systems
  • 4
    Unit 4: Elevated Anchor Systems
    • 4.1 Elevated Anchor Systems
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Confined Space Rig
    • 4.3 Video Tutorial: Rigging Physics of Aerial Ladders
    • 4.4 Video Tutorial: Basic Highlines / Single Trackline
    • 4.5 Video Tutorial: Basic Rigging Physics Principles: Critical Angles Specific to Highline Construction: Case Study
    • 4.6 Video Tutorial: Understanding Resultants: A Case Study
    • 4.7 Video Tutorial: Tension and Compression Study
    • 4.8 Quiz: Elevated Anchor Systems
  • 5
    Unit 5: Horizontal Systems: Highlines
    • 5.1 Horizontal Systems: Highlines
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Advanced Vector Analysis of Highline Introduction
    • 5.3 Video Tutorial: Advanced Vector Analysis of Highlines Part 1
    • 5.4 Video Tutorial: Advanced Vector Analysis of Highlines Part 2
    • 5.5 Video Tutorial: Highlines vs Tracklines
    • 5.6 Video Tutorial: Basic Highlines / Single Trackline
    • 5.7 Video Tutorial: English Reeve Highline
    • 5.8 Video Tutorial: Norwegian Reeve Highline
    • 5.9 Quiz: Horizontal Systems: Highlines
  • 6
    Unit 6: Horizontal Systems: Offsets
    • 6.1 Horizontal Systems: Offsets
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Two Rope Offset System Intro
    • 6.3 Video Tutorial: Two Rope Offset - Another Look
    • 6.4 Video Tutorial: Rigging the Yoke: Major Tagline Part 1
    • 6.5 Video Tutorial: Mainline Side: Major Tagline Part 2
    • 6.6 Video Tutorial: Gin Pole: Major Tagline Part 3
    • 6.7 Video Tutorial: Control Side: Major Tagline Part 4
    • 6.8 Quiz: Horizontal Systems:Offsets
  • 7
    Unit 7: Mid-Wall Rescues
    • 7.1 Unit Material
    • 7.2 Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders Manual
    • 7.3 Mid-Wall Rescues
    • 7.4 Video Tutorial: Uninjured Victim Pick-Off
    • 7.5 Video Tutorial: Victim Clinging Pick-Off Traveling Brake
    • 7.6 Video Tutorial: Ground Based Simple Lower End Carry Pick-Off
    • 7.7 Video Tutorial: Traveling Brake: Bottom Brake Tender
    • 7.8 Video Tutorial: Litter Scoop
    • 7.9 Video Tutorial: Mid-Wall Pickoff Victim Hanging
    • 7.10 Video Tutorial: Solo Hanging Victim Pick-Off
  • 8
    Unit 8: Wrap Up
    • 8.1 Wrap Up

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What Students Are Saying

  • A good, detailed tour through more advanced rigging princ...

    Craig Waterson

    Having worked through the Rescue & Rigging Field Guide Series in order, I completed this course following the Awareness and Operations courses. Overall I...

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    Having worked through the Rescue & Rigging Field Guide Series in order, I completed this course following the Awareness and Operations courses. Overall I found the course to be well laid out with good, detailed discussion of the more advanced rigging theory. As with the Operations unit, I found the Richard Delaney videos to be particularly good - well structured, logical progression through some detailed physics. Whilst I personally have a good grounding in the underlying physics, I believe a newcomer to these principles would find the examples easy to follow and understand. I was also really impressed with the various tutorials delivered in Pat Rhodes' videos covering tension line systems in Unit 5. Compared to the Operations course, I felt that the structure and progression through the curriculum of this course was well considered and more logical. In terms of potential areas for improvement, my feeling was just that for some of the topics a little bit of real world context may be useful before discussing principles in detail. I accept, however, that this course is designed for more advanced riggers who might be expected to have that knowledge: - Within Unit 3, the course discusses tripod vector resultants. While I felt that the content was well explained, I don't believe that either the Operations or the Technician courses had discussed tripods at any level prior to this. This unit may benefit from an introductory piece on tripod uses in the rigging environment before launching into the vector analysis. - Unit 4.1 mentions the principles of gin pole / monopod use, and the need for 3-4 guy lines. I wasn't sure that any of the courses had covered gin poles prior to this, so an introduction might be helpful. There was a good video shared through the Rescue Response email shot on 31 October 2017 that I think covered the detail of setting up a gin pole - could be a good addition here? - I found the discussion of aerial ladders in Unit 4.3 quite confusing. I don't believe that the course curriculum had touched on aerial ladders at all prior to this tutorial, and I had to watch the video two or three times to understand the concept being discussed, particularly when using the TerrAdaptor as a model for the aerial ladder. Again, some introductory context to this tutorial would have been useful. - I note that the tutorial in Unit 5.6 is a duplication of the tutorial in Unit 4.4, although I understand that the intention may be to highlight slightly different elements of the system. In those scenarios a little note on the page to remind the student what to focus on might be good. I do believe that the video is an absolutely superb detailed walkthrough of a high line system that covers all the key components well. I would perhaps suggest that including it at the start of Unit 5 ahead of the detailed vector analysis might provide some good real world context before launching into the physics? - A small point, but I'd suggest switching the order of the tutorials in 5.7 and 5.8 around. The tutorials are clearly taken from a specific set of films where the Norwegian Reeve is discussed before the English Reeve. Again, both are excellent tutorials. All in all a really good course that I enjoyed working through. I learned a bunch of nice alternatives for my own rigging, and am excited about putting them into use in training. Thanks again for some great content.

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