Tower Rescue Technician


Learn what it takes to become fully equipped to carry out the demanding types of high angle rescues.

About the Course

Across the country “tower” type rescues are becoming more and more common. Accordingly, there is a growing need for local rescuers to be aware of these sites in their response areas, pre-plan for different rescue scenarios, and train their specialized rescue personnel to the appropriate level to facilitate the rescue in a safe manner.

Tower rescues have become so prevalent, that when the NFPA published the latest version of the 1670 standard, it included Tower Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level requirements. Still, the big question for all of us who work in high angle rescue is, “how many departments and rescue teams across the country are truly trained and equipped to carry out these demanding types of rescues?” The first thing we need to define when talking about tower rescue is the tower itself. What exactly is a tower?

Nathan Paulsberg, an instructor you’ll see a lot of inside this course, currently serves as a Lieutenant for Palatine Fire Department, located in the Chicagoland area. He is a member of Palatine’s Technical Rescue Team and the head of MABAS Division 1’s Technical Rescue Training Committee. Instructor for technical rescue classes at the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy and Gateway Technical College. Squad officer and head of rope operations for Illinois Task Force 1. Co-owner of Elevated Safety, and SPRAT level 3 Rope Technician.

What You’ll Learn

1. “Bottom-up” style rescues

2. “Top-down” style rescues

3. Tower Control versus Ground Control

4. And more!

Course Curriculum

Unit 1: Welcome

1.1 Welcome

1.2 Course Material

1.3 Elevated Safety Tower Rescue Technician Resource Manual

1.4 Tower Rescue Standards Brief NFPA 1670-2500

1.5 Size Up – Type of Tower Structures

1.6 Action Plan – Tower Emergencies

1.7 Incident Plan – Tower Emergencies

1.8 Rigging Guide – Tag Line System

1.9 Rigging Guide – Guide Line System

1.10 Rigging Guide – Skate Blocks

1.11 Rigging Guide – Tracking Line System

1.12 Rigging Guide – Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)

1.13 Tower Emergencies

Unit 2: Tag Line System

2.1 Tag Line System

2.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tower Control Tag Line

2.3 Quiz: Tag Line System

Unit 3: Guide Line System

3.1 Guiding Line System

3.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tower Control Guide Line

3.3 Quiz: Guide Line System

Unit 4: Skate Blocks

4.1 Skate Blocks

4.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Ground Control Twin Tension Skate Block

4.3 Quiz: Skate Blocks

Unit 5: Skate Block Anchors

5.1 Skate Block Anchors

5.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid) Ground Anchor

5.3 Quiz: Skate Block Anchors

Unit 6: Skate Block Patient Connection

6.1 Skate Block Patient Connection

6.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Hybrid Skate Block Patient Connection

6.3 Quiz: Skate Block Patient Connection

Unit 7: Tracking Line System

7.1 Tracking Line System

7.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tower Control Twin Tracking Lines

7.4 Quiz: Tracking Line System

Unit 8: Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)

8.1 Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)

8.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid) System

8.3 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid) Patient Connection

8.4 Quiz: Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)

Unit 9: Pick Off

9.1 Pick Off

9.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Pick Off

9.3 Quiz: Pick Off

Unit 10: Gathering Information

10.1 Gathering Information

10.2 Quiz: Gathering Information

Unit 11: Controlling the Site

11.1 Controlling the Site

11.2 Quiz: Controlling the Site

Unit 12: Access

12.1 Access

Unit 13: Tower Control Versus Ground Control

13.1 Tower Control Versus Ground Control

13.2 Quiz: Tower Control Versus Ground Control

Unit 14: Patient Packaging

14.1 Patient Packaging

Unit 15: Wrap Up

15.1 Wrap Up

Unit 16: Bonus Video

16.1 Elevated Safety Bonus Video

Added Perks

Additional features Rigging Lab Academy Members are enjoying

Certificate of Completion

Download your personalized Certificate of Completion after completing the course.

100% Self-Paced

Go through the course material as fast or as slow as you’d like.

Private Discussion Board

Ask questions, meet other students, and even chat with the course instructor.


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