Standard Guide for Training for Level II Rope Rescue (R2) Rescuer Endorsement
|Publication Date:||1 June 2012|
This guide is intended to be used in conjunction with, and as an add-on to, Guide F2751 and Guide F2752 (or equivalent for other environments), to address the specific knowledge and skills required for a rescuer who participates in rope rescue at a higher level of responsibility and complexity.
Specifically, this guide is intended to define the training that would prepare an endorsed Level II Rope Rescuer (LRT-R2) or equivalent (under qualified supervision) to assist and support rope rescue operations at an intermediate level, including patient packaging, litter rigging, ascending and descending fixed ropes in a high angle environment, and constructing raising and lowering systems, in conjunction with other rescue duties.
This guide establishes the minimum training standard for an endorsed LRT-R2 Rescuer as related to general, field, and rope rescue-specific knowledge and skills.
An endorsed LRT-R2 Rescuer must work under the direct supervision of qualified rope rescue personnel.
An endorsed LRT-R2 Rescuer performs rope rescues in low and high angle terrain, and may serve as a litter attendant in low (but not high) angle terrain. An endorsed LRT-R2 Rescuer is capable of safely assisting rope rescuers who have higher level endorsements.
This guide alone does not provide the minimum training requirements for performing or assisting in rescues that occur in partially or fully collapsed structures, in or on water, in confined spaces, or underground (such as in caves, mines, and tunnels).
An endorsed LRT-R2 Rescuer is required to have knowledge and skill sets pertaining to the intermediate subject evacuation component of rope rescue. These include but are not limited to patient packaging, construction of an anchor system, construction of simple and compound rope mechanical advantage systems, and construction and use of lowering (fixed-brake) rope systems.
Type II teams, as defined in Guide F1993, which may utilize personnel trained to this guide are Kind A (wilderness), Kind B (urban), and Kind C (mountainous).
Further training may be required before an endorsed LRT-R2 Rescuer can actually participate on a particular kind of rope rescue team, depending on AHJ (authority having jurisdiction) regulations or policies.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.