High Angle Rope Rescue I

Aims of the Course

The High Angle I Rescue Module provides the student with the necessary insight, theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed to function as a member of a search and rescue team within the High Angle rescue environment.

This High Angle I module should provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills that will act as a foundation for High Angle search and rescue operations that you may be required to perform and forms an integral part of your foundational knowledge when you begin High Angle II.

Course Duration

Rescue should not be attempted by individuals who have not been formally trained. Local Rescue Authorities, Fire Departments, Departments of Defence, Emergency Medical Services, etc. may be able to provide information on High Angle rescue training, practice, and equipment, and organisations that are actively looking for members to employ within their organization. The High Angle 1 module will take between 2 to 3 weeks to complete, this will include theory classes as well practicals which will be carried out in an urban and wilderness setting.

Course Description

High Angle is a subset of technical rescue that involves the use of Rope, be it steel or cable rope, or more commonly used nylon, polyester, or other type of rope.  Anchoring includes using specialty anchors, as well as things as simple as a length of chain, cable, rope, or webbing wrapped around a pillar, tree, boulder, or such. They provide the security and a point from which a person or patient can be belayed.

Urban or industrial high angle rescue involves heavier equipment, which is chosen due to the close proximity to cities. Also due to this fact long approaches and lengthy extractions are not required. Wilderness and Cave Rescue generally involve long a long approach to the rescue site, thus lighter weight equipment is desirable and often required, so it can be carried/transported these great distances.

The key to any type of rescue is understanding and identifying the principles which are involved. Once the principles are identified, appropriate techniques or a method, which fits the circumstances, can be determined and applied. These skills make it possible to rescue a patient from a vertical environment, without exposing the rescue professional to the danger or risk of the vertical environment. These techniques involve skills used to rescue an individual from their precarious situation, without sending a rescue professional over the edge or suspending them from the rope and safety equipment.