About the Course

This pioneering work from Reed Thorne sets the stage for a state-of-the-art look at tower rescue as it applies to emergency responders. 

This course was designed specifically for fire services in North America, Central and South America, Australia or anywhere in between. Reed Thorne is widely considered a pioneer in the game of rigging and the physics behind it. His company, Ropes That Rescue, is known globally as a premier teaching school and, in many ways, is an institution.

What You'll Learn

Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders touches on concepts such as:

  • Climbing protection

  • Fall protection

  • Structure-Based Rescues

  • Ground-Based Rescues

  • Hazards of the discipline

  • And more!

Learn from One of the Best in the Industry

Learn more about Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders expert instructor

  • Reed Thorne

    Rigging Lab Academy Instructor | Founder of Ropes That Rescue | Search and Rescue Member

    Reed Thorne

    Reed has been involved in the teaching of techniques relative to the ‘vertical realm’ since the early 1970’s and is recognized as a knowledgeable technical rigger where understanding and safety are of paramount concern. In Southern California, his first activities dealing with rope were with the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter (Orange County Group) where Reed became a Hundred Peak, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Section leader through training with the Sierra Club’s Leadership Section. He eventually moved into rope rescue instruction under nationally-recognized US National Park SAR ranger, Butch Farabee, at the Grand Canyon in Arizona between the years of 1981 and 1986. Butch is credited with having shaped Reed’s early years as a rope instructor.In 1989, Reed was also instrumental in the preliminary testing of belay techniques alongside John Dill of Yosemite SAR and Arnor Larson of the British Columbia Council of Technical Rescue in BC, Canada. These tests still remain some of the most extensive ever attempted by a volunteer team of lay-researchers, the results of which were published in Response magazine in the highly acclaimed 1990 article “Are You Really On Belay?” by John Dill. Many of Reed’s hand-drawn illustrations accompanied this article. Reed now has attained recent Technician Level certification with the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) where he practices rope access procedures often on his back yard training and testing tower.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 4
    Unit 4: Ground-Based Simple Lower End-Carry Technique
    • 4.1 Ground-Based Simple Lower End-Carry Technique
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Ground-Based Simple Lower End-Carry Technique
  • 5
    Unit 5: Ground-Based Skate Block Bight-Carry Technique
    • 5.1 Ground-Based Skate Block Bight-Carry Technique
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Ground-Based Skate Block Bight-Carry Technique
  • 6
    Unit 6: Ground-Based Skate Block End-Carry Technique
    • 6.1 Ground-Based Skate Block End-Carry Technique
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Ground-Based Skate Block End-Carry Technique
  • 7
    Unit 7: Structure Based Simple Lower to Fixed Brake
    • 7.1 Structure-Based Simple Lower to Fixed Brake
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: Structure Based Simple Lower to Fixed Brake
  • 8
    Unit 8: Threading Needle End-Carry Technique
    • 8.1 Threading Needle End-Carry Technique
    • 8.2 Video Tutorial: Threading Needle End-Carry Technique
  • 9
    Unit 9: Traveling Brake - Bottom Brake Tender
    • 9.1 Traveling Brake - Bottom Brake Tender
    • 9.2 Video Tutorial: Traveling Brake - Bottom Brake Tender
  • 10
    Unit 10: Ground-Based Litter Scoop Bight-Carry Technique
    • 10.1 Ground-Based Litter Scoop Bight-Carry Technique
    • 10.2 Video Tutorial: Ground-Based Litter Scoop Bight-Carry Technique
  • 11
    Unit 11: Structure-Based Solo Rescuer
    • 11.1 Structure-Based Solo Rescuer: Victim Clinging
    • 11.2 Video Tutorial: Structure-Based Solo Rescuer: Victim Clinging
  • 12
    Unit 12: Structure-Based Solo Rescue
    • 12.1 Structure-Based Solo Rescue: Victim Hanging
    • 12.2 Video Tutorial: Structure-Based Solo Rescue: Victim Hanging
  • 13
    Unit 13: Climbing Techniques
    • 13.1 Climbing Techniques