About the Course

The second course available in a three-part series, Rescue & Rigging Field Guide Series: Operations dives into everyday operations as it relates to rescue and rigging. The goal of this course is to seriously backfill some needed 1670 areas for students moving into the 1006 realm of technical rope rescue. As always, our courses are ever evolving and will continue to increase in breadth and depth. So as with all 40 hours courses, a person can only absorb so much, and a field course can only hand out so much information. So we’ve determined to into a deeper whelm of knowledge in the hopes to better equip the student for their fieldwork.

This course covers all Operations level objectives for professional rescuers as listed in NFPA 1670 and 1006. 1670 is general enough to both allow flexibility and confusion. The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has a tough job in determining what is and what isn’t appropriate for the team and individuals to learn. We’re here to open the windows and doors to what is possible in this realm both to equip the AHJ in decisions needing to be made, as well as the team+individual rescuers needing to fulfill the job performance requirements.

The next course in this series, Rescue & Rigging Field Guide Series: Technician, is set to examine and to exceed the minimal requirements for NFPA 1670 Operations level and that of 1006 for professional rescuers. This course does not include the NFPA 1883 standard of Awareness, as this is in a preceding course and should be taken first. 

Operations is built as a plug-in course from a dozen other courses within RLA. The object for us is to show the students that while learning the basics is good, the source of those basics have deeper roots. So we want to refer students to those deeper roots as well. Reinforcing the basics even better.

The content you'll find inside this course could easily be applied to various rigging disciplines, but it is specifically useful for Firefighters and First Responders, Search and Rescue Team Members, Industrial Rescue Team Members, and Professional Rescuers.

What You'll Learn

Some of the topics covered in this course include:

  • The use of rope

  • Rope equipment

  • Hardware

  • The construction of mechanical advantage systems

  • Belay and safety systems

  • Anchor systems

  • Patient packaging

  • And more!

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    Rigging Lab Academy: Multiple Instructors

    This course is brought to you through the efforts of multiple Rigging Lab Academy Instructors. These instructors have hand-selected material from their full-featured courses — all of which are exclusively available here at Rigging Lab Academy — and contributed them to a specific section or unit of this course. By blending the teachings of various instructors, Rigging Lab Academy members will gain exposure to different areas of expertise, course materials, and teaching methodologies.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
    • 1.1 Welcome
  • 2
    Unit 2: Equipment & Cordage
    • 2.1 Software
    • 2.2 Hardware
    • 2.3 Descenders & System Lowering Devices
    • 2.4 Video Tutorial: Cordage from Advanced Rigging Physics 2
    • 2.5 Video Tutorial: Equipment Ratings from Advanced Rigging Physics 2
    • 2.6 Video Tutorial: Connectors from Advanced Rigging Physics 2
  • 3
    Unit 3: Knot Craft
    • 3.1 Unit Material
    • 3.2 Chapter 4: Knots, Bends, and Hitches from the Rescue Response Gear - Rope Rescue Course Text
    • 3.3 Knot Craft
    • 3.4 Video Tutorial: Knots Part 1 from Advanced Rigging Physics 2
    • 3.5 Video Tutorial: Knots Part 2 from Advanced Rigging Physics
    • 3.6 Video Tutorial: Knots, Hitches & Bends: The Basics for Rope Rescue, Work Access, & SAR Systems
    • 3.7 Video Tutorial: Knots, Bends & Hitches: Bowline Knots from Elements of Rigging
    • 3.9 Quiz: Knot Craft
  • 4
    Unit 4: Anchors & Anchor Systems
    • 4.1 Unit Material
    • 4.2 Chapter 5: Anchors from the Rescue Response Gear - Rope Rescue Course Text
    • 4.3 Anchors & Anchor Systems
    • 4.4 Video Tutorial: Anchors & Anchor Systems from Peak Rescue Institute
    • 4.5 Quiz: Anchors & Anchor Systems
  • 5
    Unit 5: Anchors: The V-Anchor System
    • 5.1 Anchors: The V-Anchor System
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor System for General All-Purpose Anchoring
    • 5.3 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor System Mirrored & Twin Tension Systems
    • 5.4 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor Top Rope Bottom Belay
    • 5.5 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor Top Rope Bottom Belay Using Bolt Hangers
    • 5.6 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor Top Rope Bottom Belay Looking at MA Efficiency
    • 5.7 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor System: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Tubular Belay Device
    • 5.8 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor System: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Climber Rescue Gri Gri
    • 5.9 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor Considerations Industrial Settings
    • 5.10 Video Tutorial: V-Anchor Small Team Raise and Lower System with Skyhook Rescue System
    • 5.11 Quiz: Anchors: The V-Anchor System
  • 6
    Unit 6: Anchors: Workhorse Anchors
    • 6.1 Anchors: Workhorse Anchors
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Top Anchor Considerations Mirrored Skate Block
    • 6.3 Video Tutorial: Tensionless Anchor in a Twin Highline
    • 6.4 Video Tutorial: Staggered Anchors to Increase Mechanical Advantage
    • 6.5 Video Tutorial: Bombproof Anchors: Anchor Considerations in Elevated Systems in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 6.6 Video Tutorial: Highline-Trackline Anchors Overview Using Removable Bolts
    • 6.7 Video Tutorial: Highline-Trackline Anchors in a Twin Tensioned System Using Removable Bolts
    • 6.8 Video Tutorial: Single Point Anchors for Highlines
    • 6.9 Video Tutorial: Backup Anchors for Highlines
    • 6.10 Quiz: Basic Litter Handling: Class 2 Litter Handling
  • 7
    Unit 7: Anchors: Load Sharing & Multipoint
    • 7.1 Anchors: Load Sharing & Multipoint
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: Multipoint Anchors
    • 7.3 Video Tutorial: Marginal Anchors: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 7.4 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Equal Anchor With a Knot - Disadvantages
    • 7.5 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Equalized Anchor With a Knot - Advantages