About the Course

Across the country “tower” type rescues are becoming more and more common. Accordingly, there is a growing need for local rescuers to be aware of these sites in their response areas, pre-plan for different rescue scenarios, and train their specialized rescue personnel to the appropriate level to facilitate the rescue in a safe manner.

Tower rescues have become so prevalent, that when the NFPA published the latest version of the 1670 standard, it included Tower Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level requirements. Still, the big question for all of us who work in high angle rescue is, “how many departments and rescue teams across the country are truly trained and equipped to carry out these demanding types of rescues?” The first thing we need to define when talking about tower rescue is the tower itself. What exactly is a tower?

Nathan Paulsberg, an instructor you'll see a lot of inside this course, currently serves as a Lieutenant for Palatine Fire Department, located in the Chicagoland area. He is a member of Palatine’s Technical Rescue Team and the head of MABAS Division 1’s Technical Rescue Training Committee. Instructor for technical rescue classes at the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy and Gateway Technical College. Squad officer and head of rope operations for Illinois Task Force 1. Co-owner of Elevated Safety, and SPRAT level 3 Rope Technician.

What You'll Learn

Join us inside Tower Rescue Technician as we'll cover concepts and areas such as:

  • “Bottom-up” style rescues

  • “Top-down” style rescues

  • Tower Control versus Ground Control

  • And more!

Learn from One of the Best in the Industry

Learn more about Tower Rescue Technician's expert instructor

  • Nathan Paulsberg

    Rigging Lab Academy Instructor | Co-Managing Director of Elevated Safety

    Nathan Paulsberg

    Nate is a Co-Managing Director of Elevated Safety. He is a SPRAT Level 3 in charge of training and rope access jobs for ES. He is a LT with the Palatine Fire Department; a member of its Technical Rescue Team (TRT); head of the MABAS Division 1 TRT Training Committee; Rescue Squad Officer for IL Task Force 1 and oversees all rope operations for the Task Force. Nate is also a lead instructor at FDIC for the Tower Rescue HOT Class; Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy technical rescue programs. Nate is also a Veteran of the US Navy, serving as a LT in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. When not working with rope systems, Nate is usually found out coaching at one of his three kid’s sporting events or off competing in or training for Ironman Triathlons and other endurance events.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 2
    Unit 2: Tag Line System
    • 2.1 Tag Line System
    • 2.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tower Control Tag Line
    • 2.3 Quiz: Tag Line System
  • 4
    Unit 4: Skate Blocks
    • 4.1 Skate Blocks
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Ground Control Twin Tension Skate Block
    • 4.3 Quiz: Skate Blocks
  • 5
    Unit 5: Skate Block Anchors
    • 5.1 Skate Block Anchors
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid) Ground Anchor
    • 5.3 Quiz: Skate Block Anchors
  • 6
    Unit 6: Skate Block Patient Connection
    • 6.1 Skate Block Patient Connection
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Hybrid Skate Block Patient Connection
    • 6.3 Quiz: Skate Block Patient Connection
  • 7
    Unit 7: Tracking Line System
    • 7.1 Tracking Line System
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tower Control Twin Tracking Lines
    • 7.4 Quiz: Tracking Line System
  • 8
    Unit 8: Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)
    • 8.1 Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)
    • 8.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid) System
    • 8.3 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid) Patient Connection
    • 8.4 Quiz: Tracking Skate Block (Hybrid)
  • 9
    Unit 9: Pick Off
    • 9.1 Pick Off
    • 9.2 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue Pick Off
    • 9.3 Quiz: Pick Off
  • 10
    Unit 10: Gathering Information
    • 10.1 Gathering Information
    • 10.2 Quiz: Gathering Information
  • 11
    Unit 11: Controlling the Site
    • 11.1 Controlling the Site
    • 11.2 Quiz: Controlling the Site
  • 12
    Unit 12: Access
    • 12.1 Access
  • 13
    Unit 13: Tower Control Versus Ground Control
    • 13.1 Tower Control Versus Ground Control
    • 13.2 Quiz: Tower Control Versus Ground Control
  • 14
    Unit 14: Patient Packaging
    • 14.1 Patient Packaging
  • 15
    Unit 15: Wrap Up