Rope Access for Emergency Responders


The Rope Access for Emergency Responders (RAFER) course is aimed at members of emergency services rope rescue teams who want to become proficient with individual rope access techniques. For technical rope rescue team members who will perform rope rescue, the RAFER course is a good foundation for their personal skills. Although there are similarities to IRATA training, the important difference is that this course only teaches skills that are of interest for emergency services without requiring logged hours. IRATA focuses on technical rope rescue for industry.

Course Specifications
Duration: 3 days
Prerequisites: Minimum age: 18
Prior experience of working with ropes is recommended
Certified by: Rescue 3 Europe
Qualification valid for: 3 years

Course Content Includes:

  • Legislation and standards
  • Rescuer safety and survival
  • General hazards
  • Medical considerations
  • Risk assessment when working at height
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and technical gear
  • Anchor systems
  • Placing rope protection
  • Use of work restraint and fall arrest equipment
  • Lead climbing with lanyards
  • Ascending and descending
  • Passing knots whilst ascending/descending
  • Passing anchors whilst ascending/descending
  • Passing deviations whilst ascending/descending
  • Performing rope transfers/changeovers
  • Individual pick-offs
  • Connecting a casualty on a line using a telescopic pole
  • Lifting a casualty using a pre-installed device
  • Lowering a casualty
  • Suspension trauma procedures

Course Dates

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