Emergency Response

Technical Rope - Road Side Rescue

Course Summary

Low & steep angle skills for vehicle rescue.

This course covers the fundamental low and steep angle rope rescue skills required for accessing a vehicle and its occupants down a roadside embankment. The curriculum is very similar to our Technical Rope Rescue - Operator, but specifically focuses on bank-over vehicle rescue situations, and is therefore able to be delivered in a slightly shorter timeframe.

In this specialized course, students will cover pre-planning and size-up of rope rescue operations; knots, hitches and anchor systems; belay operations; ascending and descending lines; mechanical advantage systems; raising and lowering systems; and patient packaging and litter attending. These skills will come together so that students are able to safely navigate over-the-bank rescue situations. The course will also emphasize communication skills and incident management for technical rescue operations.

This is based on the rope rescue competencies as outlined for the Operations Level of the NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations & Training for Technical Rescue Incidents.  This course is compliant with sections of NFPA 1670 standards, but does not meet or exceed them. To meet these standards, take a look at our Technical Rope Rescue - Operator course.

Course Details


2 1/2 days (20 hours)


1 afternoon or evening (4 hours) in classroom, 2 days in the field


Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition



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 harness (or separate chest and sit harnesses)*
  • Climbing helmet*
  • Sturdy boots (hiking boots are fine)
  • Pants made of durable material
  • Gloves with leather palms (work gloves are fine)

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Conterra Field Guide
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Wallet card with date of certification
  • Registration of training record in Raven Rescue's database
  • Certificate of Completion

More details about technical rope courses including what to expect and how to prepare. Click here for our Technical Rope Rescue FAQ.

Course Outline

Day One (afternoon or evening) - Classroom Session

  • Registration; rope rescue safety and training; the philosophy of rescue
  • Safety associated with low angle, road side rescue operations
  • Rope rescue problems and systems applications
  • Equipment-current, specialized, new, and experimental
  • Ropes, knots, technical gear
  • Introduction to rope systems and anchors

Day Two - Field Session

  • Low angle rescues - scene assessment, incident command, traffic management
  • Apparatus/resource deployment
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • Assisting ambulatory patients
  • Ascending and descending rope in low angle environment
  • Patient packaging and litter attending
  • Litter evacuation systems with attendants

Day Three - Field Session

  • Practice: steep angle rescues - scene assessment, incident command, traffic management
  • Tripods and “A” frames
  • Rappelling in a mixed environment (low and steep angle)
  • Mixed terrain scenario (low and steep angle), raising and lowering of litter and attendants
  • General review and testing of skills
  • Certificates


Feb 23-27

Technical Rope Rescue - Operator

  • $845
  • North Vancouver, BC

Mar 30 - Apr 3

Technical Rope Rescue - Operator

  • $795
  • Squamish, BC

April 4-7

Technical Rope Rescue - Technician

  • $895
  • Squamish, BC

May 3-7

Technical Rope Rescue - Operator

  • $795
  • Ottawa, ON
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Leeds 1000 Islands Fire Service

We had a mixed bag of students, from firefighters, environment workers and a contractor. I would recommend Raven Rescue to anyone who wants to learn about ice rescue. Once again, GREAT course and instructor. Thanks so much.


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