Aims of the Course
This course aims to provide the student with the necessary insight, theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed to function as an independent rope rescue technician. Each section has been carefully designed to provide a student with important information learning and experiences, each of which is linked to an expected learning outcome. This rescue module is a build up from High Angle I but includes more specialised equipment and skills. Therefore, to be enrolled in this module students will have to present a valid High Angle I certificate to prove their competency.
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 organizations 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.
Some of the specialized skill which are covered in High Angle II will include but not limited to belaying, which is an act of protecting the climber, rescue professional, or patient in the event of a fall. Pulleys are used for lowering a load, a subject or ones-self and serve as a mechanical advantage. Pulleys systems are used in conjunction with the rope, rope grabbing devices, or mechanical grabs, to capture the progress made during the lift. Since pulley systems are generally short in length, they are used in conjunction with a progress (raise) capturing technique, and a long rope; and a backup safety or belay. This specialized equipment is used to reach the patient and safely recover them.
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.