Emergency Response

Tower Rescue - Operations

Course Summary

High angle skills for tower environments.

This course will provide emergency responders with the tools and knowledge to rescue incapacitated personnel efficiently and safely from this high risk environment. This training is appropriate for those rescuing from towers that have a climbing ladder or integrated tower safety system, are not structurally compromised, have an unobstructed climb path, and have existing rescue pre-plans. Additionally, tower height must not exceed 92m (300 ft).

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

Course Details


2 days (16 hours)


1 day classroom, 1 day outdoor 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
  • Rope Rescue Operator 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

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
  • Tower types, construction, hazards and problems
  • Relevant standards and legislation
  • Rope rescue problems and systems application
  • Equipment: current, specialized, new, and experimental
  • Tower types, construction, hazards and problems

Day Two - Tower Session

  • Scene assessment and incident command
  • Setting rope systems and anchors
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • Safe and effective climbing in a tower environment (not lead climbing)
  • Fall protection systems
  • Pick-off and lowering
  • Tower rescue scenario, lowering of injured workers
  • Team rescue—vector raise, tag line lower, skate line lower
  • General review and testing of skills
  • Certificates awarded


We only offer private Tower courses. Contact us for more information.

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