Emergency Response

Tower Rescue - Technician

Course Summary

Complex rescues from towers and steel structures

This course builds on Technical Rope Rescue Technician training, and addresses lead climbing and evaluation of tower integrity. It is appropriate for those performing rescues on towers where any of the following are true: lead climbing may be required (as no existing fall protection exists), if non-standard anchor points may be required, horizontal and vertical movement of the patient may be required, only one rescuer can access the tower to perform rescues, or rescuers have to plan and implement responses without an existing pre-plan.

This course meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006 standards for tower rescue.

Course Details


3 days (24 hours)


1 day classroom, 2 days at tower site


Minimum 6. Maximum 8.

  • 18+ years of age
  • A physical and mental aptitude for working at height
  • Ability to perform moderately strenuous activities
  • Technical Rope Rescue Technician or equivalent



Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

 Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Class III full-body climbing or rescue harness*
  • Climbing or technical rescue helmet*
  • 100% tie-off Y-lanyard
  • Gloves with leather palms (ie. work gloves)
  • Work boots, hiking boots, or appropriate footwear
  • Long pants or coveralls
  • Appropriate protective clothing for weather conditions

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Ropes That Rescue Tower Rescue Manual
  • Itemized, personalized skill sheet (training record)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Registration in Rescue 3 International “Certification Database”

For more details about technical rescue courses including what to expect and how to prepare click here for our Technical Rope Rescue FAQ.

Tower Rescue Course Outline

Day 1 - Classroom Session

  • Rescue Philosophy
  • Tower Rescue Basics
  • Pre-planning for Tower Rescue
  • Relevant standards and legislation
  • Tower types, construction, hazards and problems
  • Rescue on Non Standard Structures
  • Rope rescue problems and systems application
  • Equipment: current, specialized, new, and experimental

Day Two - Tower Session

  • Scene assessment and incident command
  • Evaluating the structural integrity of towers
  • Setting rope systems and anchors
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • Safe and effective climbing in a tower environment, including lead climbing
  • Fall protection systems
  • 100% tie-off, first man up system, two-line systems
  • Pick-offs and lowering including one man up techniques

Day Three - Tower Session

  • Raising and lowering of injured workers
  • Team rescue - vector raise, tag line lower, skate line lower
  • Complex rescue situations 
  • Knot passing techniques
  • General review and testing of skills
  • Certifications awarded


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April 4-7

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May 3-7

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