Any profession that requires advance skills in dealing with human life such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, and EMTs, requires a life-time commitment to their practice. This is the same for anyone seeking to be a rope rescue technician – it is a career commitment, it will require years of dedicated practice combined with actual rescues. There is no quick way to get there; only practice, practice, practice, and more practice…if your skills are not committed to muscle memory than you have not practiced enough.
A true rope rescue technician does not play within a box; a true rope rescue technician has no boundaries when it comes to rigging skills and/or imagination. The true rope rescue technician will be able to open his or her skills toolbox and immediately put to use the right skills combinations to get the job done in the quickest, safety means possible.
Overlooked, yet arguably just as important, a true rope rescue technician must have some semblance of physical conditioning. This is the sad truth in this country; the United States is one of the most out of shape societies on the planet. Technical rescue is a physically demanding job, no excuse; no labor/management compromise will ever change this fact. You can tie all the knots in the world; if you can’t get to the scene in a timely fashion, you may become more of a liability than an asset.