Emergency Response

Confined Space - Operator

Course Summary

Operator-level training is appropriate for many confined spaces emergency response teams.

The Confined Space Rescue Operator (CSRO) course introduces the knowledge and skills required by personnel to operate safely and effectively during confined space rescues and be an active part of a confined space rescue team. Operator-level training is appropriate for many confined spaces emergency response teams.

This course will teach participants the skills and knowledge needed to conduct rescue operations in a variety of confined space environments including IDLH environments. Students will gain practical experience in the use of resource material (permits and paperwork), patient packaging devices, atmospheric monitoring equipment, air sampling strategies, and strategies/tactics for successful emergency entry operations. Rope-based rescue will be utilized emphasizing the selection, construction, and proper use of these systems. The course will include scenario-based practice where students will operate as an integral part of a rescue team.

This course meets and exceeds NFPA and 1670 Operations level and 1006 Level 1 and is in conformance with CSA and provincial OHS Standards.

As per the NFPA Operations-trained personnel can perform rescues if the following conditions are met:

  • All hazards are controlled or isolated   
  • Rescuer can see patient from entrance
  • Space can accommodate two rescuers, their equipment, and patient

Not sure if your situation will meet this critera? Give us a call to discuss.

Course Details


4 days 


1 day classroom, 3 days in confined space simulator or on-site.


Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition

$795 (includes helmet and harness rental)


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

Annual Training Maintenance

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

Required Equipment
  • Coveralls or durable clothing
  • Steel-toed work boots
  • Leather palmed gloves (rope glove or work glove)
  • Helmet 
  • Harness 
Takeaways & Documentation
  • CMC's Confined Space Entry and Rescue Field Guide
  • Personalized Rescue 3 International skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3 International's database
  • Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number and date of certification
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Rescue 3 ID Card, id.rescue3.com

For more details about confined space courses including what to expect and how to prepare: click here for our Confined Space FAQ.

Topics Include

  • Rescue 3 philosphy
  • Training standards
  • Confined space regulations
  • Confined space definitions and hazards
  • Air monitoring and ventilation
  • Use of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
  • LOTO
  • Interpretation and completion of confined space hazard assessments, entry permits and rescue plans
  • Incident size up
  • ICS
  • Anchor systems
  • Work restraint
  • Fall arrest
  • Use of a reach pole
  • Mechanical advantage
  • Lead climbing and lanyards
  • Fixed high directional and tri-pods
  • Ascending and Descending
  • Team based pick offs
  • Patient care and packaging
  • Litter management


There are currently no CONFINED SPACE courses scheduled. Contact us to find out how to book a course.

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James Doughtry, Pararescue Specialist
103rd Rescue Squadron, US Air Force

We really couldn't have asked for more in a two week period - the amount and quality of training we received was like nothing I've seen before. I have been going on training trips usually twice a month for the last 4 years and this was by far the best I have been to.


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