Wilderness Vertical Rescue – ITRA Rope Technician 2
This is an advanced level course for the rope rescue technician who believes that they can benefit by learning the latest techniques and spending time with similarly motivated people. If you haven’t already completed the Wilderness Vertical Rescue – ITRA Rope Responder 1 course, then you may like to take a look at it first.
The four day ITRA Rope Technician 2 course takes up immediately where the Wilderness Vertical Rescue Rope Responder course leaves off. We build on the competencies learned at level 1 and continue to technician level. More advanced, team based techniques with an emphasis on high angle environments are explored during this four day program.
As with the Wilderness Vertical Rescue ITRA Rope Responder 1 course we will supply all the required equipment for this very detailed course. It should be noted that the ITRA Rope Responder 1 is a prerequisite for Rope Technician 2.
ITRA, or The International Technical Rescue Association is a recently established non-profit organisation that aims to provide international recognition of technical rescue practitioners and instructors. You can find out more by following the link or by visiting the ITRA website.
Some of the specific competencies covered in this rope rescue technican course include:-
- Select, construct and operate lowering & raising systems – high angle
- Preparing litter/stretcher for high angle evacuation
- Knot pass on ascend, descend, belay, raising & lowering
- Select and erect artificial high directionals
- Horizontal high-line without reeve
- Litter attendant rigging and operation – high angle
- Rope rescue physics – vector forces, fall factors, slope loading, T method
- Rope rescue – system analysis (whiteboard analysis, critical point, safety factors, ‘whistle test’)
- Pick off rescue – unsuspended/unsecured victim (i.e. from ledge)
- Vehicle & deadman anchors
- Load Releasing Hitches (mariners, radium etc)
- Improvised chest & full body harnesses
- Compound and complex mechanical advantage systems
Successful students will receive an ITRA Record of Learning certificate. The QR code on this certificate allows students to become regular members of ITRA if they choose to.
Course Pre-Requisites and Participant Preparedness
Attending participants need to have a high level of roping experience prior to enrolling in this course. The course itself is quite strenuous and involves a number of intensive scenarios. Participants should be prepared to carry moderate loads into a number of escarpment locations and be self sufficient in regards to adverse weather clothing, food and water.
Participants are welcome to bring their own gear, but any rescue equipment/PPE required to complete the course is supplied
A student course book
An ITRA statement of learning
Meals and accommodation