In addition to Rigging Lab’s own courses, we work with outside training companies who we will occasionally host courses in the Rigging Lab as well as on location. One of these is Peak Rescue Institute. Peak Rescue is made up of trainers from a variety of professional backgrounds with a broad range of experience relevant to the technical rescue field. Many of the instructors are professional firefighters. Several have careers in the lifeguard service. As a group, they have over 200 years of experience in technical rescue.
Upcoming courses from Peak Rescue:
- 2012 — April 20-26 — Technician and Specialist Courses will run concurrently.
- Location – Joshua Tree National Park
Technician and Specialist Courses — $1150
Tuition for both courses include meals and camping fees.
PRI’s Technician Level Course is an entry level program and no prior experience is required. However, even skilled rescuers will be challenged. The curriculum was developed to meet NFPA 1006 guidelines for Rope Technicians. The curriculum covers both individual and team based skills and includes:
The course culminates with a mock rescue scenario where each student will function as a rescue team member in a real time exercise.
- Rescue Equipment
- Hazard Mitigation
- Ascending Fixed Lines
- Rescue Pickoffs (individual and team)
- Terrain Assessment
- Litter Handling
- Patient Movement
- Lowering Systems
- Belay Techniques
- Mechanical Advantage Systems
- Tensioned Guiding Lines
- Functioning as a Team Member
Successful completion of a skills test will be required to obtain a NFPA 1006 certificate.
Successful completion of the Technician Level course will allow graduates, assuming continuing practice, to function effectively as a rope rescue team member.
PRI’s Specialist Level course is designed for Technician Level graduates who have a solid background in technical rope rescue and have a desire to build on their skills. As a prerequisite for our Specialist Course, you must have completed a 40-hour minimum Technician level rope rescue course. You must submit documentation of course completion. You may be asked to submit a course description or curriculum if we are not familiar with the specific course that you attended. On the first day of the Specialist Course, students must successfully pass an evaluation of Technician Level skills. Please refer to the Specialist Course policy below.
The advanced rigging techniques and equipment addressed will include:
Less time will be spent on specific techniques and more time on concepts in rescue. There are often a number of ways to accomplish the same task and students will be encouraged to apply what they know to rescue solutions.
- Advanced Single Rope Techniques
- Advanced Mechanical Advantage Systems
- Options for Ascending and Descending
- New Tools and Technology
- Team Dynamics and Leadership
- Effective Highline Alternatives
- Implementing Directionals
Several “real time” scenarios will be presented including a night exercise. Students will be encouraged to take leadership roles on the team.
Completion of the Specialist Level Course will increase the graduates effectiveness on their rescue team and give them needed skills to begin to take a leadership role.