Confined Space Rescue Team Leader

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There are many challenges associated with developing and maintaining industrial rescue team. Among them is the need to meet training requirements on a regular basis. To meet those requirements there is no, "one-size-fits-all" solution. Team leaders must have the flexibility to impart and refresh essential skills and abilities on a regular basis.

D2000's Industrial Rescue Train the Trainer program is designed provide qualified rescue team leaders with essential tools and skills for developing and maintaining team efficiency and safety.

Industrial Rescue using SKED board

Students extracting a packaged patient from a confined space training prop in Kenai, Alaska.

The process begins with a review of the industrial rescue curriculum. Students in this class learn how to present D2000's proven training curriculum using the Leader's Guide, PowerPoint presentations, student workbook, skills checklists and other resources.

The class then moves to hands-on exercises. Students review essential high angle rope skills and then rotate through a series of skill demonstration stations. Each station provides the students with specific skills and tests the students' abilities to communicate this information effectively and manage a class. The focus of the class is usually on confined space operations but the principles apply to almost any industrial rescue scenario.

This class will also provide multiple opportunities for students to learn advanced high angle rope techniques and use a variety of newer equipment and harnesses.

Prerequisites: Confined space safety training; fall protection training; basic rope rescue; First Aid/CPR (you do not need to be current). Students must disclose any physical limitation or impairment that may effect their ability to participate in any exercise.


At the completion of this class, the students should be able to:

  • List each step in a typical industrial rescue.
  • Describe the rules and standards that govern industrial rescue
  • Explain, follow, and enforce all safety rules and procedures.
  • Properly rig and use all available rescue equipment.
  • Estimate shock and static loads on a rope system.
  • Analyze and calculate mechanical advantages
  • Identify and rig suitable anchors and backup anchors.
  • Rig and operate a mainline and belay.
  • Establish an Incident Command System and serve in each position.
  • Inspect and maintain all rescue equipment.
  • Tie all required knots and hitches.
  • Effectively deliver the rescue curriculum.
  • Setup and oversee skills demonstration stations.


Module I: Rescue Basics

  • Industrial Rescue Defined
  • Industrial Rescue Process
  • Rules and Standards
  • Industrial Rescue Defined

Module II: Safety Overview

  • Safety Pyramid
  • What is Stress?
  • Safety Procedures

Module III: Rope Systems

  • Definitions
  • Basic Equipment
  • Deploying a Rope System
  • Anchors
  • Mainline Systems
  • Belays
  • Rescue Knots

Module IV: Confined Space Operations

  • Size Up
  • Entry Team Preparation
  • Patient Contact
  • Patient Removal
  • Documentation

Module V: Equipment

  • Equipment Certifications
  • Equipment Strength
  • Safety Ratios
  • Rope and Webbing
  • Inspecting Software
  • Cleaning Software
  • Hardware Inspection/Maintenance
  • Equipment Inspection Log

Industrial Rescue Training—Technical Rescue Training

D2000 Safety offers a variety of advanced rescue training options to meet your compliance and regulatory needs. Our goal is ensuring your teams have the skills they need if they are ever called to evacuate a patient from a high-hazard area to a place of safety for medical transport.

What skills do your teams need? That depends. The exact skills needed by a team are determined by the operations that team is expected to perform and the resources they have available. This is not a one-time assessment. Team leaders must always be analyzing their teams and identifying deficiencies and strengths. Then they must have the resources needed to build on the strengths and address the deficiencies.

It always helps to have a partner in this: D2000 Safety.

We have many years of rescue training experience in a wide variety of industrial environments. This means that rescue teams which meet our standards will be able to plan and practice, and then perform if ever needed.

At D2000, we believe that it’s important to train to the specific pre-plans the rescue teams will be asked to follow. For many teams this means only confined space rescue training, but rescuing patients who are using fall protection systems may also be required. Other locations in seismically-active areas, like Southern California, have tasked their industrial rescue teams to perform basic structural collapse rescues. Fire departments, particularly those located in rural areas, often need trench rescue training. We also work with a variety of surface mines in helping them to meet their requirements to ensure that anyone who is injured in an accident can be evacuated to a place of safety. Areas of special concern in mines include accessing and rescuing patients from tailing dumps and the cabs of haul trucks.

With so many possible rescue skills, we have developed the expertise needed to ensure that the levels of training we propose match the environment and challenges the team will encounter. In situations requiring high skill levels, we provide an advanced rescue curricula to meet these requirements.

Our Advanced Rescue Training programs include:

      • Industrial Training: Train the Trainer
      • Managing the Rescue Incident Training
      • Advanced Rigging Concepts Rescue Training
      • Elevated Anchors Rescue Training
      • Force Multipliers: Rope Physics Training
      • Advanced Horizontal Rope Systems Training

All courses reflect the applicable regulatory requirements of OSHA, NFPA, ANSI, and other standard-setting organizations.

Technical Rope Rescue Training: Confined Space Rescue, and More.

Most employers develop an industrial rescue capability to comply with OSHA requirements regarding entry into permit-required confined spaces. This standard requires a means of rescue when anyone enters a permit space. In many cases the means of rescue is a retrieval line, but in other situations the employer must train and equip a rescue team.

Training a team generally starts with finding the right team members. Many employers discover that they have people on staff with a rescue or emergency response background (they may, for example, serve as volunteer firefighters). In our experience, those with a background in rigging or mountaineering also make good team members.

All rescue team members should have:

      • Completed Confined Space Entrant and Attendant Training
      • Completed Fall Protection Training (Authorized User)
      • Previous training or a background in First Aid/CPR (one member of the team must be current)

Depending on the industrial environment, they may also require:

      • Respiratory Protection Training
      • Hazardous Materials Training

Once the students have met these prerequisites they are ready to attend rescue training. The learning path for D2000’s rescue curricula follows this basic flow:

      • Module I: Rescue Basics—Industrial rescue defined, rules/standards, industrial rescue process.
      • Module II: Safety Overview—Safety pyramid, safety procedures, understanding stress.
      • Module III: Rope Systems—Definitions, basic equipment, anchors, mainline systems, rescue knots, belays, deploying a rope system.
      • Module IV: Confined Space Operations—Size up, entry team preparation, patient contact, patient removal, documentation.
      • Module V: Equipment—Certifications, strength, safety ratios, rope/webbing, inspecting software, cleaning software, hardware inspection/maintenance, equipment inspection log.

This learning path is designed to provide the team with the knowledge and skills needed to perform in a stressful and potentially hazardous rescue environment.

To Get Started

When your company or agency is ready to learn more about developing an industrial rescue capability, give us a call and we will provide whatever help we can.

Contact us at 1-800-551-8763 to find out more about our technical rescue training or other advanced rescue training courses.

Jim Johnson September 2, 2015
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