Code 3 Rescue Training

(530) 727-8550

Rope Rescue Operational

Course Overview

This New CSFM 5-day course provides information on low-angle and high-angle rescue, familiarizing participants with operation of simple, complex, and compound rope rescue systems in the low- and high-angle environment.
All fire service and allied emergency response personnel. CSFM RRAO Course Plan




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Day 1: 9am - 6pm Lecture & Fundamentals of Low to High Angle Rescue Rigging - Hotel Conference Center and Chico Park Location TBA

Rope Rescue Theory, Pre-Planning, Remote Area Incident Mgmt, Harnesses, Stokes Lashing, Knots & Anchors, Hardware and Software Rescue Equipment, Intro to M/A Systems, Components and Set-up of the RPM

Day 2-3: 8am - 6pm Intermediate Rope Rescue Rapelling, Raising & Lowering Sys - Chico Bidwell Park

Chico Bidwell Park: Rappelling and Ascending, Rigging Mechanical Advantage Sys. “Low to High Angel” Lower/Raising System w/Stokes Litter, Building A-Frames, Searching Techniques, S&R/MCI Disaster Drill

Day 4-5: 8am - 6pm Intermediate to Advanced High-Line Rigging Sys & Rescue Scenarios - Butte Creek Canyon

Inclined Rigging System: “High Angle” Lower/Raise with Stokes, Passing knots in Raising and Lower Systems, Telfer systems, Rescue Problem: Rigging a “Telfer Line”, Test:, Clean-up.


Personal Protective Gear, PPE

We will provide you with a helmet and harness. Your own gear is welcome, but you will need to furnish your own leather gloves and & hiking boots/shoes

  • Field attire: Loose fitting jeans or cargo pants are good for harness wear, and some kind of element/thermal wear appropriate or the season. Long sleeves or a light brush coat is recommended for abrasion resistance. Class will be taught "rain or shine", so make necessary provisions.
  • Footwear: Slopes are steep, unstable and rocky, so hiking or wildland fire boots w/ ankle support are recommended. Lightweight hiking boots also work well.
  • Gloves: You will need to supply your own leather gloves for Rope Rigging and Rapelling Evolutions.

The first day of class will be in a classroom and outdoor park training site (Rain or Shine)

  • Lecture and rope skills will be information intensive! Plan on getting a good night rest beforehand.
  • Bring note taking materials: your textbook, handouts and certification/registration paperwork will be provided.
  • Class refreshments will be provided. However, we will break for lunch in town.
  • We will be conducting outdoor rope rigging activities after lunch.

Class Days 2 - 5 backcountry field site!

We will meet at a pre-determined grocery store each morning at 7:30 for students to get lunches and then caravan or carpool to the canyon training site. Training sites are remote, wild and scenic, restrooms facilities are limited as well as cell phone signals.

Some items to consider bringing with you:

  • Ice Chest and/or Thermos for hot drinks
  • Lots of hydration fluids: A gallon of water and several sports drinks per day, per person.
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • TechNu for Poison Oak
  • Portable Camping Chair
  • Thermal clothing and jacket for winter months

Last day of class

We will finish up at the training site with a written test and certificate handout. By 6pm, you should be on the road home or traveling back to your hotel.


Day 1: 9am to 5pm Introduction to Intermediate Rope Rescue Rigging Skills

  • Introduction & Course Logistics, Overview Rope Rescue Theory
  • NFPA Standards 1670, 1006, 1983
  • Rescuer Safety: 10 and 18 of Rope Rescue, Building intermediate safe rigging systems
  • Personal and Team Equipment, Signal Commands, Rescue Terminology/Safety
  • Incident Management & Pre-Plan, Incident Size-Up and ICS System
  • On Scene Safety and Site Control
  • Remote Area Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Equipment and Rope Care and Maintenance
  • Rope & Webbing: Construction, Care, Maintenance, Safety Inspection, Usage Log
  • Harness: Care/Maint., Manufactured Class, Personal Harnesses (Webbing and Pre-Rig), Swiss Tied (Upper & Lower), Hanson, Hasty
  • Review Review Hitches: Munter, Prissik, Clove, Kliemheist, Bachman, Italian Braid, Dbl Half-hitch


  • Hardwear: Carabiners, Pulleys, Break Rack, Gibbs, 8-Plates, Jumars, Kootnay, Collection Plate, Swivels, 540RQ Belay
  • Review Anchor Options: Natural (Trees, Rocks) & Artificial (Vehicles, Pickets, Structures)
  • Single Point Anchors: Strength, Placement, No Knot, (Single bight, 3-bight, Wrap-3-2, Girth Hitch), Pre & Tensioned Back-Tie Off
  • Multi-Point Anchors Systems: Self- Equalizing, Load Sharing, Lifeline Anchors
  • Load Release Hitch: (LRH) Webbing & Rope
  • Mechanical Advantage: Simple and Compound Systems 1:1 COD, 2:1,3:1, 4:1 Pig, 5:1, 6:1, 9:1, 12:1
  • Patient packaging

Day 2-3 8am to 5pm Intermediate Rigging Systems Focus: High Angle Rappel, RPM Raising and Lowering Systems, High Angle VIctim Pick-Off's

  • Belay Friction Control Lowering Systems: Breakrack, 8-Plate, Prissiks, Mechanical Cam devices Munter Hitch, Belay Falling Load, Self Belay
  • Bridge Rappel
  • Rope Ascending Techniques
  • High-Angle Mechanical Advantage Lower & Raising Systems: Simple, Compound, COD, Calculating M/A 3:1,4:1,5:1,9:1, Pig-Rigging, Haul Team Methods
  • A-Frame: Construction, Placement, Tag-Lines, Lashing Techniques, Building A-Frames & Tripods Safety Considerations
  • RPM System: Usage and Change Over
  • Rigging System Safety Checks
  • Victim cliff face Rescue Pick-Off's

Day 4-5 8am to 6pm Advanced Rigging Systems Focus: High-Angle Stokes Management and Use of High-Line Systems

  • Stokes Litter Rigging for High-Angle Rescue: Patient Packaging, (Backboard & Stokes Litter Rigging) Securing Load, Attendant Mgmt Methods
  • High-Angle Lower and Raising System: Horizontal Stokes w/Attendants, (2 Line Sys)
  • High Line Tyrolean System: Set up and Use with Stokes Litter, Attendant, RPM Locomotion for descent control and raising system
  • Test: Written
  • Closing: Clean-Up and Certificates

Student Requirements

  1. Students must be 18 years old.
  2. Pre-Requisite:  ICS-100, Recommended On-Line Pre-course work:  IS-700: National Incident Management System, IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 
  3. Students must have personal medical insurance or department insurance coverage.
  4. Student will need to provide you own Helmet, Class III Fulll body Harness, Long pants/Jacket, Hiking boots, Leather Gloves.

Meeting Location

Oxford Suites Chico

Unless otherwise notified, we will meet at 9am on the first day of class at the Oxford Suites Chico Hotel Confernece Center.  

2035 Business Ln.  Chico, CA  866-460-7456.

Check in a the front desk for the conference room location.


*Special Student Lodging Discount is available. Enter Promo Code "CODERT"

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State Fire Training is no longer printing Student Manuals, You will be provided a Couse Rigging Manual/Field Guide in class.


Dates and Locations

$850 per student

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  • Contact us to pay with a Department or Personal check
  • Contact us to have a class scheduled on location for your Agency.

Available Dates

Oct 5-9th, (Tu-Sa) 2021  FULL

Chico, California
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Nov 2-6th, (Tu-Sa) 2021  FULL

Chico, California
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Jan 19-23rd, (W-Su) 2022 OPEN

Chico, California
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Mar 9-13th, (W-Su) 2022  OPEN     

Chico, California

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May 18-22nd, (W-Su) 2022  OPEN

Chico, California
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Chico Area Lodging

(Hotels are within 5 miles of each other)
(List increases in price)
*An exclusive Student Discount is available thru the Oxford Suites Hotel, just mention you are taking this class.

Motel 6

Best Western Heritage Inn

Oxford Suites
(Preferred Student Rates!)

Holiday Inn

Marriott Hotel Residence Inn

Check on-line for additional Chico lodging options

Camping: **State Parks Campground at Lime Saddle Marina on Lake Oroville (20 min from Chico, 530-538-2219)

Cancellation Policy

If you absolutely cannot attend, your tuition will be refunded only if cancellation is made 10-days prior to class start date, No exceptions please, ie. (Funerals, Weddings, Personal Illness, Employer Conflicts). Cancellations after this time period are non-refundable and cannot be credited to another course.

Class sizes are kept small for quality "one-on-one" training but our courses require a minimum number of personnel for safety and team effectiveness. Therefore, students dropping at the last minute could jeopardize the course numbers resulting in the cancellation of the class for all others scheduled. However, you will be refunded in full if the class has been cancelled by the instructor.

**Starting Jan 1st 2020:  If you cancel your registration prior to the 10-day terms above, you will be refunded your full tuition, less $25, as PayPal is now keeping their credit card transaction fee, thus passing the refund burden onto the consumer.

Certified Training: NFPA & CSFM

We have been training professional rescuers from all over the California and the Western United States since 1997. Upon completion, students will receive certification meeting the National Fire Protection Association 1670 & 1006 standards for rope and water rescue guidelines for the “Swiftwater and Flood Rescue-1 "Operations Level” (24 hrs.) certificate. Additionally, students will receive the California State Fire Marshal's Office FSTEP "River and Flood Water Rescue" certificate. Course is taught by a certified, State Fire Training Officer and also meets the CSFM River and Flood Rescue Operational curriculum. This course exceeds qualifications to meet Federal, State and Local-government Fire/Police/USAR Team standards for urban and remote-area technical rope rescue. With safety as our highest priority, our mission is to provide an innovative, thorough and concise technical rescue training program, focusing of quality control! We are experienced, line-of-duty firefighters who regularly respond to these types of emergencies teaching and passing on our heritage.