SAR Rope Rescue Technician 1

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    CRSAR RRT1 Training Dates: August 19 - 21, 2022 CRSAR RRT1 Assessment Dates: October 21 - 23 2022

Search and Rescue (SAR) Rope Rescue Technician 1 is the second of several provincial training courses designed to prepare SAR volunteers to perform rope rescue operations in wildland situations. This course follows the Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) established curriculum as outlined in EMBC SAR Rope Rescue Manual Section 2: Rope Rescue Technician 1. The course will review the basic physics of Force Limiting Systems, selection of anchors, building and operating Dual Capability Two Tensioned Rope (DCTTR) Systems, edge management and subject packaging. Through demonstration, self-study and hands-on practice, students will be equipped to help build, operate and participate in DCTTRS and rope rescue. 

This course is for active members of recognized Search and Rescue (SAR) Groups in British Columbia. The application form must be signed by the Training Officer or member of the Management Team of your SAR Group.

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Curriculum (RRT1)

  • Knots Bends and Hitches
  • Anchors 
  • Anchor Extensions 
  • Pre-tensioned Ties
  • Operate in Rope Rescue Team Positions (Edge, Rope Operator MPD and Component, Tailer)
  • Tension Transfers
  • Stretcher Rigging for Slope Rescue ( including Subject Securement)
  • Command and Communication

Time table RRT 1 Teaching and Assessment:

  • Friday - 1900-2200 (3 hrs)
  • Saturday - 0830-1700 (8.5 hrs)
  • Sunday - 0830 - 1600 (7.5 hrs)
RRT1 Teaching Weekend:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Overview of Rope Rescue site
  • DCTTRS Theory
  • Introduction to DCTTRS operations
  • Ropes, Ties and hitches
  • Anchor Practice
  • DCTTRS Lower system
  • DCTTRS Raising system
  • Live Scenarios using DCTTRS

RRT1 Assessment Weekend:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Hands on Group practice
  • DCTTRS setup and operation
  • DCTTRS Scenarios

Assessment expectations:

  • Build a safe and adjustable edge line in a timely manner. Operate as an edge person and describe their roles and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of standard  knots, bends, hitches and anchor ties. 
  • Fresh Eyes Checks (FEC) for safety.
  • Build and operate MPD & Component system for Lowering and Raising. Tension transfers converting between the two. 
  • Function as Tailer.
  • Communicates during rope rescue with clear, standard terminology and communication protocols, at the appropriate time, in all stages of rescue. Uses REDO sequence.
  • Demonstrate stretcher attendant role for terrain up to moderate angle slope.
  • Rig subject securement.
Please ensure that all gear is functioning and in good repair. 

The following items are the recommended minimum for personal technical gear:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • DCD (descent control device)
  • 60cm sling
  • 120 cm sling
  • Locking "D" Carabiner X4
  • Locking Pear carabiner X1
  • 8mm Cord X 5m
  • 8mm cord X 10m
  • 8mm prusik X 1.4m
  • 8mm prusik X 1.7m
  • 25mm webbing X5m
  • Short purcell prusik
  • long purcell prusik
  • PMP (prusik minding pulley)

  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Knife
  • Gloves (rope)
  • Safety glasses
  • Whistle
  • Flagging tape
  • Personal pack
  • Personal First Aid kit