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Overview | Vertical Rescue Training

Our Vertical Rescue Training program is an essential course designed for professionals who operate in environments where vertical rescues are a critical component of their safety protocols. This specialised vertical rescue training is aimed at equipping first responders, emergency services personnel, outdoor adventure leaders, and workers in industries such as construction, telecommunications, and mining with the necessary skills to safely and efficiently conduct rescues in vertical environments. Through a comprehensive curriculum, participants will learn the intricacies of high-angle rescue techniques, rope management, and the safe use of vertical rescue equipment.

This comprehensive Vertical Rescue Training program combines theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on exercises to ensure participants are fully prepared to face real-world rescue scenarios. From assessing risks and planning rescues to executing complex vertical casualty extractions, this course covers all aspects of vertical rescue operations.

Participants are guided by experienced instructors who bring years of field experience to the classroom, providing insights into the latest best practices and safety standards in vertical rescue.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be adept at performing safe rescues in a variety of vertical environments, making them invaluable assets to their teams and organisations. Whether you’re looking to enhance your teams existing skills or are establishing a vertical rescue capability, our training provides the critical knowledge and confidence needed to perform your duties safely and effectively.

Tailored Vertical Rescue Training for Specific Industry Needs

This Vertical Rescue Training programme is meticulously designed to address the unique challenges and safety requirements of a diverse range of industries. Recognising that each sector faces distinct scenarios where vertical rescues might be necessary, our training modules are custom-tailored to equip workers with the skills and knowledge needed to safely conduct rescues in their specific work environments. Here’s a glimpse into how our vertical rescue training is adapted for various industries:

  • Emergency Services: Focused on preparing firefighters, paramedics, and search and rescue teams with the techniques for high-risk vertical rescues, emphasising rapid response and casualty care in challenging conditions.

  • Construction: Customised to the needs of construction workers, our training covers the dynamics of rescuing individuals from high structures, scaffolding, and cranes, ensuring safety in one of the most high-risk industries.

  • Telecommunications and Wind Energy: Tailored for technicians in these sectors, the vertical rescue training highlights safe rescue practices from tall towers and wind turbines, focusing on unique hazards related to height and equipment.

  • Mining and Utilities: Offers specialised scenarios for surface and underground mining operations, as well as utilities maintenance, including electrical line work, ensuring workers are prepared for vertical rescues in shafts, confined spaces, and atop utility poles.

  • Oil and Gas: Designed for the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry, this training segment addresses the specifics of conducting rescues on rigs, platforms, and in other elevated or confined areas.

  • Arboriculture: Provides tree care professionals with the skills to perform aerial rescues, focusing on techniques suitable for tree work at height, enhancing safety in arboriculture operations.

  • Outdoor Adventure and Recreation: Ensures outdoor adventure guides and instructors are proficient in rescuing participants from rock faces, mountainous terrain, and caving environments, promoting safety in recreational activities.

  • Military and Law Enforcement: Prepares personnel for operational scenarios that involve rescues from heights or depths, incorporating tactics for quick and efficient recovery in mission-critical situations.

  • Maritime Sector and Aviation: Offers training suited to the maritime and aviation sectors, including helicopter rescue operations and overboard recovery techniques, tailored to the unique challenges of water and air rescues.

By enrolling in our industry-specific Vertical Rescue Training, you’re ensuring that your team is not just ready to face vertical rescue challenges but is also equipped with the latest techniques and knowledge to perform rescues safely and effectively.

Our commitment to providing customised vertical rescue training means your workforce will gain practical, hands-on experience directly applicable to their daily tasks, making them invaluable assets in ensuring workplace safety and emergency preparedness.


Students who are deemed competent will receive a Statement of Attainment, which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This training is nationally recognised:

Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd (RTO45803) is responsible under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 for the quality of the training and assessment being delivered in this course and for the issuance of all AQF certificates.

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Course Fees

  • Group Bookings: Contact us to discuss a customised quote.

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Payment Information

  • Group Bookings: Custom payment solutions for every team. We’ll work with you to set up terms that align with your needs and ours.

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at a facility organised by Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd (RTO 45803).

Course Duration & Modes

  • Face to Face Training: 4-day (32-hour) intensive, hands-on session.
  • Blended/Refresher Training: Mix of online pre-learning and 2-day (16-hour) practical session, ideal for skill updates.

Each format is tailored to different learning styles and schedules, ensuring effective and efficient Vertical Rescue Training.

Our detailed course outline ensures a thorough grasp of:

Regulatory Framework:

  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Organisational Policies And Procedures

Safety Procedures and Training:

  • Safe Work Procedures
  • Key Terminology And Definitions
  • Initial Incident Notification
  • Enroute Information Updates
  • Securing The Scene
  • Incident Scene Preservation

Risk Assessment and Management:

  • Hazard Assessment
  • Risk Management During Heights Rescue
  • Continuous Situational Awareness
  • Applying Risk Controls
  • Environmental Factors Impacting Rescue
  • Incident Size Up
  • Rescue Team Leader Size Up Considerations

Team Dynamics and Support:

  • Rescue Team Roles
  • Internal Support
  • External Agency Support
  • Operational Briefing
  • SMEACSQ Operational Briefing Format
  • Rescue Communication Methods/Techniques

Rescue Operations and Reporting:

  • Progress Reports
  • C.A.N. Abbreviated Progress Reports
  • Rescue Techniques

Personal Protective Equipment and Rescue Gear:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Proper Use And Maintenance Of PPE
  • Rescue Equipment
  • Equipment Safety Factors

Ropes and Knots:

  • Ropes
  • Rope Materials
  • Rope Construction
  • Rope Elongation
  • Rope Care
  • Preventing Damage To Ropes
  • Inspection Of Rope
  • Retirement Of Rope
  • Knots
  • Rope And Knot Terminology
  • Knot Safety
  • Knots And Rope Strength
  • Common Knots Used In Heights Rescue
  • Rethread Figure Of 8
  • Figure 8 On The Bight
  • Figure 9 On The Bight
  • Double Figure Of 8 On The Bight
  • Alpine Butterfly
  • Stopper Knot

Casualty Management and First Aid:

  • Casualty Assessment And First Aid
  • Hygiene Precautions
  • Casualty Management
  • Casualty Assessment
  • Communicating Casualty Information
  • Casualty Handling
  • Casualty Packaging And Extrication
  • Lifting And Carrying Casualties
  • Actions On Rescuer Injury
  • Stretchers And Lifting Devices

Post-Rescue Operations and Maintenance:

  • Recovering And Accounting For Equipment
  • Equipment Cleaning And Maintenance
  • Equipment Storage
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Equipment Decontamination
  • Operational Debrief
  • Incident Log
  • Incident Report

Assessment Methods

We provide a well-rounded assessment process that encompasses both practical tasks and scenarios, as well as written theory assessments, throughout the training. This comprehensive approach ensures a thorough evaluation of your skills and knowledge, allowing you to demonstrate your competency in real-world application and theoretical understanding.

Specific assessment tasks to be undertaken include:

  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Prepare for Vertical Rescue- Practical
  • Perform Individual Technical Skills – Practical
  • Perform Collective Technical Skills – Practical
  • Perform Individual Vertical Rescue – Practical
  • Perform Team Based Vertical Rescue – Practical

Entry Requirements

  • Pre-Course Study: Depending on the course mode, online pre-course work may be required before the face-to-face session.
  • Online Study Requirements: A computer, smartphone, tablet, or similar device with internet access is needed for online or pre-course studies.

For comprehensive details on your rights and responsibilities, including our complaints and appeals process, kindly refer to the Pre-Enrolment Participant Handbook on our website.

We’re committed to fostering an enriching learning environment. Key to this is understanding your Language, Literacy, Numeracy (LLN), and Digital Literacy skills, essential for your course success.

  • LLN Evaluation Verification

  • Digital Literacy Checklist

  • Formal LLN Evaluation

    • Tailored Support: If required, you can complete our Formal LLN Evaluation online, helping us understand your skill levels for personalised support.

These tools ensure you start your course with all the support you need for a successful learning journey. For any questions or extra assistance, feel free to contact our support team at [email protected].


Pre-Enrolment Participant Handbook

Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd (RTO 45803) offers a detailed pre-enrolment participant handbook for those interested in our programs. This handbook helps you understand your rights when you enrol with us.

We advise you to read and understand the handbook thoroughly before enrolling in any nationally accredited training program offered by Intrinsic Safety Pty Ltd. This ensures you are well-informed about the enrolment process and the program details.

If there is anything in the handbook where you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to call Intrinsic Safety on 1300 990 336 and one of our friendly team members will be more than happy to assist you.

LLN and Digital Literacy

You can complete these activities, using the links below now, or once you have enrolled:

  • LLN Evaluation: It’s important for us to understand your language, literacy, and numeracy skills to best support your learning. Please complete the LLN Evaluation Verification, accessible HERE.
  • Digital Literacy Checklist: To ensure you’re prepared for our digital learning environment, please fill out the Pre-Enrolment Digital Literacy Checklist available HERE.
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