Tower Rescue Training

Tower Rescue Training teaches students how to perform organized, systematic rescues from a variety of towers including wind turbines, radio, radar, microwave, electrical, transmission, water, and lighting structures.

Tower Rescue Training 1

Evacuating a rescue dummy from a high-voltage tower during a D2000 training exercise in Tucson, Arizona.

Participants learn the procedures and systems required for stabilizing and lowering patients and have ample opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in simulated rescue situations.

Because each workplace has its own unique hazards, the scenarios, enactments, and equipment are tailored to each industrial site.

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Tower Rescue Training Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the construction of various towers affects their rescue procedures.
  2. Develop and follow a rescue pre-plan.
  3. Summarize the use of various types of tower rescue equipment and systems.
  4. Use, store, and maintain their rescue equipment according to manufacturer’s requirements.
  5. Tie all required knots/hitches.
  6. Rig a variety of patient lowering systems.
  7. Use all required knowledge and skills in practice rescues and scenario-based drills.

Tower Rescue Training Course Outline

Course Introduction

  • Outline and Objectives
  • Safety Procedures

Fall Protection Review

  • Fall Forces
  • Types of Fall Protection
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems

Tower Rescue Basics

  • Tower Types
  • Electrical Tower Hazards
  • Communication Tower Hazards
  • Common Types of Rescues
  • Rescue Process
  • Deploying Equipment and Personnel
  • Establishing a Command Structure
  • Assessing the Scene
  • Rigging a Mainline and Belay
  • Accessing and Moving the Patient
  • Clean-up and Debriefing

Rescue Team Structure

  • Critical Roles and Responsibilities

Mainline Systems

  • Anchor
  • High Point
  • Mechanical Advantage


  • Setup
  • Mainline Failure

Rope System Setup and Operation

  • Operating the Mainline
  • Operating the Belay
  • Communication

Tower Assisted Rescue Techniques

  • Remote Access
  • Raising and Lowering
  • Practice Rescue Safety Protocols


  • Safety Ratios
  • Condition Codes
  • Specialty Equipment
  • Software: Rope and Webbing
  • Care and Maintenance

Knots and Hitches

Rescue Systems

  • Friction Lowering Systems
  • Mechanical Advantage Systems

Rescue Procedures

  • Pre-Planning
  • Rescue Methods and Decision Factors
  • Victim Situation

Tower Rescue Training can be taught at your location, request a quote!

Tower Rescue Training - Rope Rescue Training

Over the years our nation has seen a massive surge of tower-building due to telecommunications and the wind power industry. With more workers being assigned duties aloft, there is a growing need to be able to deal with emergencies in these elevated locations.

Rope rescue techniques are the basic foundation on which (almost) all types of technical rescue are based. In addition to allowing workers to access elevations safely, rope rescue systems are the only means of operating in the high-angle environment.

In many cases tower workers who may need rescue are being sent into the field in groups of three or even two. Given the often remote location of these towers, the on-site crew is the only means of timely rescue. Therefore these crews must have the equipment and pre-planning needed to access and lower the patient.

Generally the process of rescuing someone who has fallen and is hanging on their fall protection system can be broken down into the following steps:

  • Size-up. The rescuer(s) assess the situation, identify the hazards, and decide if their rescue pre-plan needs to be adapted given the situation they face.
  • Access. The rescuer(s) move to the accident location with the equipment needed to perform the rescue.
  • Patient safety. The rescuer(s) secure the patient (who is probably hanging from their fall arrest system) to the structure.
  • Patient transport. The rescuer(s) raise the patient, disconnect the patient from his/her original (impacted) fall arrest system, and either lower or raise the patient to a point of safety for medical transport.
  • Clean-up/Debrief. The rescuer(s) un-rig, inspect and stow the rescue equipment. Rescuers conduct a debrief, identify deficiencies, and update the rescue pre-plans.

While each of these steps is fairly simple, they can only be achieved if all members of the work crew have the needed technical rope rescue skills. These include:

  • Ensuring scene safety
  • Establishing a rescue command structure
  • Knot-tying and rigging
  • Operating mechanical advantage systems
  • Operating belay systems
  • Developing pre-plans

Rescuers also need to have medical training. Being current in first aid/CPR would be a minimal requirement but this skill level may not be adequate in a real emergency which may require advanced skills. Again, these situations often occur in remote areas where outside resources can rarely respond in a timely manner. Another essential aspect of the rescue team is the need to have an effective rescue team leader/administrator. This role ensures that the rescue team has:

  • The right rescue equipment at the right time and in safe operating condition.
  • Opportunities for initial and refresher rescue training.
  • Effective and updated policies and rescue procedures

Because we understand the basic process needed to perform a technical rope rescue, and we are experts at developing curricula, we are uniquely suited to train crews to safely perform these essential functions.

Rope Rescue Training Classes

If you’re ready to expand your employees’ skills so that they can apply technical rope rescue techniques in an emergency, give us a call. We offer a variety of rescue training classes which reflect the rescue environments faced by our clients. Each is matched to the precise challenges which the team will encounter.

Call us today at 800.551.8763 to find out more about rope rescue training or any of our other training courses.

Jim Johnson June 29, 2016
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