Standard Guide for Training for Level III Rope Rescue (R3) Rescuer Endorsement
|Publication Date:||1 June 2012|
This guide is intended to be used in conjunction with, and as an add-on to, Guides F2751, F2752, and F2954 (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 III Rope Rescuer (LRT-R3) or equivalent to support or direct a team in advanced rope rescue functions, including pre-planning and size-up of rope rescue operations, designing and directing the construction of rope systems for moving a victim in low and high angle environments, directing the construction and operation of highline and related rope systems, and performing advanced rope rigging functions, in conjunction with other rescue duties.
This guide establishes the minimum training standard for an endorsed LRT-R3 Rescuer as related to general, field, and rope rescue-specific knowledge and skills.
An endorsed LRT-R3 Rescuer performs rope rescues in low and high angle terrain and is capable of directing LRT-R1 and LRT-R2 Rescuers.
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).
This guide alone does not provide the minimum training requirements for climbing Class 5 or higher rock and/or ice to perform a rescue.
An endorsed LRT-R3 Rescuer is required to have knowledge and skill sets pertaining to technically advanced subject evacuation. These include but are not limited to advanced knots and rigging, functioning as a litter tender in a high angle lowering or raising operation, and directing a team in the rescue of a subject suspended in a high angle environment.
Type III teams, as defined in Classification 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-R3 Rescuer can actually participate on a particular kind of rope rescue team, depending on the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) 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.