Rescue 3 International

We offer a wide variety of rescue and safety courses for the professional responder, military special operations,, recreational & outdoor enthusiasts, and industrial safety responders, as well.

Rescue 3 International Courses

Swiftwater Flood Rescue

Industrial Water Safety

Technical Rope Rescue

Confined Space Rescue

Industrial Rope & Confined Space Rescue

Since 1996, we have proudly served as a Preferred Training Provider with Rescue 3 International.   Whether you are a recreational enthusiast, fire/rescue, or military special operations specialist we have a course for you.
Because we offer multiple courses throughout the year, this  keeps our class sizes to a minimum. This allows us to deliver a more enjoyable training experience and reduces the instructor to student ratio for a more one-on-one.  We pride ourselves on scheduling courses around complicated shift schedules and can accommodate last minute class requests due to military deployments or public safety staffing constraints.

Professional Swiftwater / Flood Rescue & Industrial Water Safety &  Courses

 Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician (SRT I)

This introductory course is the first of three courses required to obtain NFPA 1670 requirements for water rescue. 

SRT 1 is an intensive, three-day class (24-30 hours) that includes one day of classroom instruction followed by two days of developing and practicing water rescue skills. The SRT I focuses upon self-rescue and rescue swimmer skill sets, hydrology, environmental hazards, basic rope rigging and PPE, shore-based, boat-based, and in-water contact rescues.

The Rescue 3 International SRT I course addresses various aspects of swiftwater and flood emergencies with a focus upon rescuer safety and team efficiency during these types of emergencies. This course is a physically intensive, 24-hour class that includes classroom instruction followed by two days of developing and practicing water survival & rescue skills. 

Emphasis of this course is based upon self-rescue skills and meets and/or exceeds the skills taught within N.F.P.A. 1006 Awareness and Operations for swiftwater rescue. Other topics include an in-depth analysis of hydrology, handling hazards and obstacles, rescue equipment familiarization, utilizing basic rope systems, conducting in-water contact rescues, and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential water rescue, as well as, the possibility of self-rescue.

Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician Advanced (SRT A)

SRT Advanced is an intensive and physically demanding course! The initial emphasis of this course is on self-rescue skills and covers all of the skills taught SRT Unit I.  In addition, other skills include:

  • Rescuing and extricating an accident victim from the water.
  • Rescue swimming in swiftwater and maneuvering so as to negotiate river hazards and obstacles at various water levels.
  • Navigating inflatable boats by paddle and on tether .
  • Understanding swiftwater rescue operations organization and the response of the victim.
  • Utilizing rope rescue gear applicable to swiftwater rescue.
  • Crossing shallow and fast-moving water utilizing various techniques.
  • Crossing deep, fast-moving water utilizing basic climbing gear, small boats, and combinations of the two.
  • This course provides the fundamentals of swiftwater rescue and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to affect in-water rescues.

This course is the third class needed for personnel wanting to meet the requirements of the NFPA 1670 Standard and the NFPA 1006 Standard at the Technician level for water. This course takes the student who has completed Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1™ (SRTU1) beyond the emphasis of self-rescue and further concentrates on the victim's rescue. This is done by integrating the SRT I  techniques into more difficult technical swiftwater situations.

SRTA is taught over 3 days with four to six hours of classroom followed by three and one-half days of hands-on skill development. There is a mock night river rescue scenario, as well as, a raft trip and swimming session which allows rescuers to fine tune their guiding skills and advanced swimming techniques in a higher degree of water classifications.  

Night rescue swimming and night rafting operations may be conducted within this course!!!

Topics covered include pre-planning; rescue and recovery management; specific problems which arise with floods; rescue from class IV-VI whitewater; raising/lowering systems; stokes litter management; cliff picket anchors, "A" frames, tripod setups; a night mock Search and Rescue (SAR) problem; and, many other subjects.


Industrial Water Safety & Rescue Courses:

Lifejacket Competent User (LJCU)-6 hours

 Industries who have employees who must work in close proximity to water sources are required by OSHA1926.106 to provide life jacket and water rescue capabilities.  In addition, those employees should receive safety training & rescue techniques in the event a rescue must be conducted.  When people operate in the warm zone at a water operation & rescue incident, it is usually not intended they will enter the water. This course provides the student with the hazards and training for rescue and dynamics water sources (i.e. lakes, ponds or rivers).

Safe Working Near Water (SWNW)-4 hours

A classroom-based course, that looks at the hazards and risk associated with inland (lakes, canals, rivers) and coastal water. It looks at basic control measures and safe working practices that can be introduced, including types of PPE and their use. The SWNW course is designed for industry, civil engineering, and other workers near water. The comparable course for those supporting rescue teams is Water and Flood Awareness (AWR).

 Co-Worker Rescue from Water – Basic (CWRWB)-16 hours

This course providers the knowledge and techniques to allow employees to provide bank-based rescue cover for their colleagues working next to basic water environments (eg small lakes, canals, sheltered harbors, and marinas where use of a powered safety boat is not required). The equivalent course for professional rescue teams is our Basic Water Rescuer (BWR) course.

Co-Worker Rescue from Water & Basic and Moving (CWRWBM)-24 hours

This course is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge and needed to allow employees to provide shore-based rescue standby for their colleagues working next to static & moving water environments. (inland rivers, confined tidal flows) where use of a powered safety boat is not required.

Flood Worker Safety (FWS)-8 Hours

This one day course assists organizations who’s workers may work around flood water, such as road contractors, storm water contractors, flood engineers, and vehicle break down services. We still advocate that the public should never drive in flood water, but while the public hopefully stay indoors during flood events, many critical services such as storm water, roads and other utilities still have to operate and do so as part of mitigating the flooding event. Such critical services need basic training to work safely around flood water.

This course has half a day in the classroom discussing safety planning, working safely around flood water, flood water features and hazards, vehicles in water safety and escape methods, personal protective equipment, special hazards (aqueducts, manholes etc), medical considerations, decontamination, communications and incident management. The second part of the day is spent in moving water (grade 1-2) and covers how to use throwbags, wading/crossing techniques, and survival swimming. This course is a must for any employee or volunteer working near or in flood water.

For organizations that have a higher risk such as hydrologists, dam operators, remote/lone workers etc, we recommend our two day Flood Operations course that allows for more customization including wader safety, more advanced rescues and practicals in higher water flows (grade 2+).

Flood Operations (FO)-12 hours

The Flood Operations course was designed to provide emergency planners and emergency workers with the necessary knowledge and techniques to enable them to assess and work in flood environments. Flood Operations is perfect for those who will be working in heavy flood conditions, such as hydrologists, dam workers, road workers, and utilities repair workers. The course is a mixture of theory input and in-water practical sessions.


Professional & Industrial Rope Rescue Courses:

Technical Rope Rescue; Operations Level (TRR-OL)

This 3 day course provides students with the fundamentals of rope rescue in the low-angel environment. Students learn and practice skills preplanning and size-up of rope rescue operations, knots, anchor systems, belay operations, ascending and descending lines, mechanical advantage systems, patient packaging & litter attending. Students learn how to safely navigate low-angle or over-the-bank rescue situations and assist rescuers in high-angle environments.


Technical Rope Rescue; Technician Level (TRR-TL)

This course is designed to take students from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios. Students learn and practice such skills as preplanning, size-up and scene management, ascending and descending, belaying, mechanical advantage systems, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging and litter attending, tethers, and highlines.

Completion of the TRR:TL class satisfies the requirements in NFPA 1670 and also NFPA 1006 – Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications - Rope Rescue at Levels I and II.

In addition, Technician level training is mandatory for inclusion on many Federal Emergency Management Agency Teams at different Team levels.

This course (TRR:TL) integrates the most advanced technology and research on rope rescue available. TRR;TL is designed to take students from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios.

This four or five-day course meets / exceeds the requirements for the Technician level for the NFPA 1670 Standard for technical rope incidents, and is the second of three courses necessary to meet that standard requirement for water rescue.

The course has one day of classroom instruction followed by four field days and nights operations. This course will also cover advanced problem solving, Team leadership and rigging officer training. Safety of the rescuer, rescue team, patient and bystanders will be stressed at all times.

Industrial Rope Rescue Technician

Falls are the number 1 killer in the construction industry and the number 2 killer in private industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The OSHA and NFPA compliant Industrial Rope Rescue course is designed to prepare companies and workers at height in the occupations covered by OSHA that require Fall Protection and Fall Arrest.

The IRRT program provides training and education on the safety requirements for personal fall arrest systems, guidelines for minimum requirements for a Managed Fall Protection Program, Safety requirements for positioning and travel restraint systems to help prevent falls, and safety requirements and Hands-on training for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue systems (ANSI/ASSE Z359.4).

This course is approximately four days—32 hours total with 4-6 hours of classroom and 26-28 hours in the field. The class will be held over 4 days. This agenda can also be adjusted to fit each group’s training objectives if necessary


Tower Rescue for the Professional Rescuer

This 3-day course is designed to prepare emergency responders to conduct rescues in a tower environment. Topics include basic and specialized equipment, ropes and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organization, simple pickoff in a tower environment, lowering, extrication of entangled workers, team based rescue and litter management in a tower environment.

Topics will include Water Towers, Cell Towers, Tower Crane Rescue Problems


Confined Space Rescue for the Professional Rescuer

This course 3-day is designed to improve the safety and productivity of emergency responders faced with responding to confined space emergencies. The focus of the course is on hazard identification, safe operations and rescue skills. The course covers basic and specialized equipment, rope and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organization, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging and litter management in confined space environments.


Confined Space Rescue for the Industry Worker

This course 4-day course is designed to improve the safety and productivity of confined space industry workers. The focus of the course is on accident prevention, hazard identification, safe operations and rescue skills. The course covers basic and specialized equipment, ropes and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organization, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging and litter management in confined space environments.


Tower Rescue for the Industry Worker

Tower Safety and Rescue for the Tower Worker is designed to prepare individuals familiar with tower operations to perform rescues for themselves and their coworkers in an emergency. Topics include basic and specialized equipment, ropes and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organization, simple lowering of injured workers, belaying lowering and raising systems and simple rappels in a tower environment. Course length: 3 days

Rescue 3 Courses We Offer at a Glance

Rescue 3 Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Courses

Awareness Levels Courses:

  • Flood Operations
  • Flood Worker Safety
  • Water and Flood Awareness
  • Water and Flood Awareness Online

Operations Level Courses

  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue First Responder
  • Basic Water First Responder

Technician Level Courses

  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT I) 
  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced (SRT A) 

Rescue 3 Industrial Water Safety & Rescue Courses

  • Lifejacket Competent User
  • Safe Working Near Water
  • Co-Worker Rescue from Water – Basic
  • Co-Worker Rescue from Water & Basic and Moving
  • Flood Worker Safety
  • Flood Operations


Rescue 3 Technical Rope & Tower Rescue Courses

Operations Level Courses

  • First Due Low Angle Rescue
  • Technical Rope Rescue-Operations Level (Available until Jan 2018)
  • Rope Rescue Operator (Coming Soon)

Technician Level Courses

  • Technical Rope Rescue Technician Level 
  • Tower Safety & Rescue Technician
  • Rope Rescue Technician (Coming Soon)
  • Confined Space Rescue for the Rescue Professional

Specialist Level Courses

  • Rope Rescue Specialist
    (Coming Soon)


Rescue 3 Industrial Safety, Rope, & Tower Rescue Courses

  • Safe Work at Heights
  • Co-worker Rescue at Heights
  • Rope Access Safety and Rescue
  • Industrial Rope Rescue Technician
  • Industrial Tower Safety, Climbing, & Rescue

Rescue 3 Confined Space Rescue Courses
(Industrial & Professional Responders)

  • Confined Space Entry and Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue Operator
  • Confined Space Rescue Technician
  • Confined Space Rescue Specialist
  • Basic Air Monitoring
  • Air Monitoring Qualified Person


NFPA & FEMA Compliant Courses
All Rescue 3 courses meet or exceed the N.F.P.A. 1670 and 1006 rescue training standards. In addition to the N.F.P.A. standards, recent adoption of these training standards by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now qualifies rescuers certified by Rescue 3 International as meeting the minimum qualifications needed for natural or man-made disaster responses.


Why should I take a N.F.P.A. & F.E.M.A. compliant course?
The NFPA and FEMA standards address a variety of technical rescue disciplines. Both establish minimum guidelines for the AHJ in assessing hazards, identifying levels of operational capabilities, and establishing training documentation and response guidelines.

NFPA 1006 defines the professional qualifications an individual must possess in order to be certified as a rescue technician. The delivery agency (AHJ) provides the certification, NOT the NFPA. This standard requires the individual to undergo an assessment by a third party before they can be certified as a Technician.  As the AHJ, your agency must determine the level of training each person of your team will receive and how each standard will be followed.