Spec Rescue International courses are taught in a manner to be compliant with the body of information as outlined in NFPA 1670 and 1006 Guidelines. It is the responsibility of the Authority Having Jurisdiction ( AHJ ) of any organization or its members that attend courses to follow the FULL recommendations as outlined in these standards where pre-requisites are required prior to attending any course. It is also the responsibility of the AHJ to assure full compliance with these standards in regard to placing any of its members in the line of service in any technical rescue disciplines. The AHJ or any of its student members acknowledge that certain technical rescue standards encompass requirements beyond the scope of the course component and fully acknowledge that, while Spec Rescue International offers the course component, full standard compliance rests with the AHJ.
When you see Awareness, Operations and Technician we are describing a specific level of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) which students receive at that level of training. In many contexts it represents a direct alignment with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards or with OSHA job descriptions.
Helicopter Operations Courses:
Helicopter Safety, Rigging and Rappelling
This course focuses on basic helicopter safety and operations in using the helicopter as a personnel delivery platform. Safety in and around helicopters is discussed including working in and around the aircraft, crew safety and survival, pilot crew interface and in flight emergencies. Flight crew skid loading and unloading, rigging specific helicopters for rappel and actual rappel operations using drop and leg bags are performed. Many hands on activities, case studies and group work. Course requires 2 days (16-20 hours) and student to instructor ratio of 8:1.
Short Haul Operations
This course focuses on the safety and application of helicopters for short haul operations. Originally developed from the military SPIE system and adopted for civilian usage this course provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to rig and use the helicopter for short haul systems, moving patients and flight crew in stokes, short lines or other patient packaging devices. Ideal for both ground and water based operations. Pre-requisite: helicopter rigging and rappelling. Many hands on activities, case studies and group work. Course requires 2 days (16-20 hours) and student to instructor ratio of 8:1.
This course is designed for personnel who might have the opportunity to use helicopters in water rescue or cast and retrieve operations in rivers, lakes, oceans or other bodies of water. This course focuses on surface swimmer casting and retrieval, short haul operations and using the helicopter as a rescue platform for patient removal. Many hands on activities, case studies and group work. Course requires 2 days (16-20 hours) and student to instructor ratio of 8:1.
Fast Rope Operations
This course is designed for tactical or law enforcement agencies who find the need to insert tactical teams in a rapid manner from a helicopter. Classroom and didactic material focus on use and applications of fast rope operations. Follow up field operations include using simulated helicopter and real aircraft for the deployment of teams in a rapid manner. Many hands on activities, case studies and group work. Course requires 2 days (16-20 hours) and student to instructor ratio of 8:1.
Rappel Master Training
This course focuses on training rappel masters to coordinate crew operations and rigging. Command and control of the flight crew, techniques for placing crews outside of the aircraft and communications with the aircraft commander (pilot) are stressed. Prerequisites: Helicopter Rigging and Rappelling, Short Haul Operations. Many hands on activities, case studies and group work. Course requires 2 days (16-20 hours) and student to instructor ratio of 8:1.