The Special Rescue Rigging Operational Exercise is unlike any other rope rescue training event you will ever experience.

This is a scenario-based course created to provide Rope Rescue Specialist training for NFPA certified Rope Rescue Technicians who wish to expand upon their previously acquired skill sets. This course goes beyond the Technician level training by introducing new rescue techniques, utilizing state of the art rescue gear under a variety of challenging training environments like night operations, waterfalls, overlooks, and other rugged terrain.

The course is designed as a Technical Rescue Task Force who will be dispatched to several real-time rescue scenarios that include reconnaissance of the rescue site, logistical constraints, planning operations, and rescue operations management.

Topics include:

  1. Mirrored (Twin-Rope) Rescue Systems
  2. New Technology Descent Control & Mechanical Advantage Devices (MPD, Petzl ID, Clutch, Maestro ,Aztek, Harken Rope Winches)
  3. Advanced Rescue Techniques (Skate Block Systems…)
  4. Dynamic Horizontal Rope Systems
  5. Natural & Artificial High Directional Anchors
  6. Monopods (Gin Poles)
  7. BI-Pods (A-Frames)
  8. Tri-pods
  9. Terradaptor, Arizona Vortex, Timber Rigging
  10. Natural High-Directional Anchors
  11. Night Rope Rescue Operations
  12. Horizontal Highline Operations
  13. Waterfall Rescues
  14. Industrial Rope Rescue
  15. Moderate & High Angle Wilderness Rescue


ALL Students MUST be certified to the NFPA 1006 & 1670 rope rescue technician level. This course is an advanced level course and not suitable towards entry level students. This course is being offered throughout the Great Smokies of North Carolina near the Towns of Franklin and Highlands.

Students must provide proof of certification prior to acceptance into the course.

Equipment Needs:

Students will need to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment to include:

  1. NFPA Class III Harness
  2. Climbing Helmet
  3. Eye Protection
  4. Thermal Protection & All Weather Clothing
  5. Rugged Boots
  6. Mechanics or Rope Gloves (No firefighting or extrication gloves)
  7. Hydration system with back pack for snacks
  8. Headlamp (capable of being mounted to helmet)

Itinerary / Schedule

Day #1

0800 hrs.- 1800 hrs.
Location: Southwestern Community College;
Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Complex
225 Industrial Park Loop, Franklin, NC 28734
Morning Session:

  • Skills Review (Decent Control Devices, Anchors, MAS, New Technology Devices)
  • Mirrored Rescue Systems (Twin Rope)
  • Artificial High Directional Rigging (Terradaptor & Arizona Vortex)

Afternoon Session:

  • Highline Review (Norwegian, English, Sloping & Drooping Reeves)
  • Skate Block Systems

Evening Session: Rescue Scenario #1

Day #2

0800 hrs.- 1800 hrs.
Location; To Be Announced

  • Morning Session: Rescue Scenario #2
  • Afternoon Session: Rescue Scenario #3

Day #3

0800 hrs.- 1800 hrs.
Location; To Be Announced

  • Morning Session: Rescue Scenario #4
  • Afternoon Session: Rescue Scenario #5


Meals will be at the expense of each student. Prepare for bag lunch on days 2 & 3.

We will travel to Dillard Georgia on Saturday night for a class supper at the Dillard House.

Bring Snacks!!


$150 Per NC Resident Responder Student

Add $250 For any out of state students