Code 3 Rescue Training

(530) 727-8550

Swiftwater & Flood Rescue (Technician)

Course Overview

Meeting the NFPA 1670 & 1006 Stds. for Technical Rope Rescue “Technician Level”, this NEW 5-Day California Sate Fire Marshal Certified course is suited for those seeking a more advanced understanding of Swiftwater & Flood Incident Management, Special Rescue Vicim Access Operations, Remote Area Rescue, Raft/Rescue Boat Handlng, Night Operations and Highline Technical Rope Rigging Skills.  


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Day 1: 9am - 5pm

Classroom & Outdoor Training Site: Advanced River Rescue Problems: “Lecture/ Videos, Flood Disaster Management, River Trip, Low head dam critique, Basic Swiftwater–1 skills review and rope systems, Rescuer Control Signals, River Rescue Safety Considerations.

Day 2: Winter Course (8am-5pm) or Summer Course (8am-4pm Break 6pm 10pm) for Night Drill

Upper Feather River Canyon: River Survival Swim, Boat Tyrolean System with Stranded Victim Rescue, Victim Search and Rescue mock Incident, Telfer-Line System w/ Stokes for victim extraction, Artificial High-Directional, M/A system, Patient Packaging, Stokes Rigging, Litter Belay and Safety, Optional Night Drill-Search and Rescue Scenario for summer course only

Day 3: 9am - 5pm

Upper Feather River Canyon: A-Frame Construction, Utilized a Load Release Hitch, Tyrolean Track line “Rope Crawl” with PFD & harness across river, High-Line Tyrolean Extraction Rescue, Double Track–Line, AHD w/ A-Frame, Anchor Selections, M/A tensioning systems, Break Rack Belay Techniques, Raising System Rig, Vector Forces Discussion, Written Test, Wrap-up


Personal Gear and Wetsuit Rental

We will provide you with a helmet and rescue life-jacket. Your own gear is welcome, but you will need to furnish your own wetsuit or drysuit & shoes (7mm in winter or 3-5mm in summer)

  • Wetsuit: Rentals about $15/day locally at Scuba Hut 530-636-2644.  Located at 2725 Highway 32, Chico. Suits may be fitted and picked-up on the first day of class during the lunch break. We will gladly return your suit for you after the class.
  • Footwear: Hard sole wetsuit booties or running shoes with ankle support, are recommended. Lightweight hiking boots also work well.
  • Gloves: You will need to supply your own leather gloves for Rope Rigging Evolutions.

The first day of class will be in the classroom and local river training site

  • 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.
  • Attire is casual dress, appropriate for public contact, unless otherwise require by your agency.
  • We will be conducting outdoor rope rigging activities after lunch.

Class Days 2 and 3 on the river!

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 river training site. River training sites are 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
  • Waterproof Disposable Camera
  • Portable Camping Chair
  • Towel
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Jacket for winter classes

Last day of class

We will finish up at the river 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, Chico & Sacramento River

Lecture: Advanced River Rescue Considerations and Review of Rope Rigging and Swiftwater Rescue Skills

  • Introductions & Course Overview, NFPA 1670
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Video Swiftwater Rescue, Nancy Rigg
  • Lecture: Flood Disaster Management and MCI Victim Search Techniques


  • River Site: Shallow Water Crossing Rescues Review
  • Throw Bag Rescue Techniques Review
  • “Crossline Solutions” Grapple Hook Technique Use
  • Tensioned Ferry Line Set Up Review
  • V-Lower Victim Extraction from Strainer or
  • Foot Entrapment w/ Rescuer on Harness and Slide Pulley (One side tied off)

Day 2: 8am to 5pm (Winter) or 8am to 2pm Break 6pm to 11pm (Summer Night Drill)

  • Knot and Rigging Review
  • River Survival Swim
  • Boat Tyrolean System with Stranded Victim Rescue

LUNCH (Instructor Hides Victims)

  • Victim Search and Rescue Drill (Winter: Rock Creek PH, Day Drill, Summer: Sacramento River, Night Drill)
  • Rescuers into 2-3 person search teams with throwbags for dynamic belaying
  • Swim search, Shore Search, Hasty and Thurough Techniques
  • Telfer-Line System w/ Stokes for victim extraction:
  • Single Track line, Anchor Selection, Artificial High-Directional, M/A system, Patient Packaging
  • Stoke Litter Belay and Safety lines, Tag-Control Lines

Day 3: 8am to 5pm, Rock Creek Powerhouse

  • A-Frame Construction and Make and Utilized a Load Release Hitch (2 Work Groups)
  • Tyrolean Track line “Rope Crawl” with PFD harness across river


  • High-Line Tyrolean Over Class 4 Rapid, Extraction Rescue
  • Double Track–Line, AHD w/ A-Frame, Anchor Selections, M/A tensioning systems, Octopus Assembly, Rescuer Full Body Harness, Break Rack Belay
  • Techniques, Raising System Rig, Vector Forces Discussion, Rescuer Control Signals
  • Break Down and Equipment Inventory, Clean-up
  • Test and Certification Paperwork

Student Requirements

  1. Students must be 18 years old and have a moderate swimming ability to face challenging situations in dynamic water.
  2. Pre-Requisits:  Low-Angle Rope Rescue Operations, ICS-200 or higher, Auto Extrication
  3. Students must have personal medical insurance or department insurance coverage.
  4. Student will need to provide their own wetsuit and footwear for the course. Rentals are available (see details below). All other gear is provided for you.

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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Dates and Locations

$875/Student:  5-Day/40 Hr Course


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Available Dates

Oct 26-30th (Tu-Sa), 2021 OPEN

Chico, California 
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Nov 30-Dec 4th,(Tu-Sa), 2021 OPEN

Chico, California
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Jan 11-15th (Tu-Sa), 2022  OPEN

Chico, California
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Mar 1-5th (Tu-Sa), 2022  OPEN

Chico, California
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Apr 5-9th (Tu-Sa), 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.