Tower Rescue Operations



Tower Rescue Operator 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
  • have existing rescue pre-plans
  • are no higher than 92m (300 ft)

This course meets and exceeds NFPA 2500 and NFPA 1006 standards for tower rescue.

Tower Rescue Operator Course Details


2 days (16 hours)


1 day classroom, 1 day 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
  • Technical Rope Rescue Operator or equivalent



Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every there 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


Takeaways & Documentation
  • Ropes That Rescue Tower Rescue Manual
  • Itemized, personalized skill sheet
  • Certificate of completion

Tower Rescue Operator Course Content

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

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 this as a private course

Our private training courses ensure personalized hands-on training through human-based scenarios

Private Courses

Training Maintenance

If you have a group that would like to review their training together, the training maintenance program may be right for you.

Your group pays the instructor’s daily teaching fee and travel costs associated with bringing the instructor to your training location, along with an annual fee to be part of the maintenance program. This is generally a pretty reasonable approach for training departments because:

  • it allows us to deliver the training in small chunks every year, rather than in one big chunk every three years
  • it gives department members more annual hands-on time with their skills

We track your members, and their status on course content completion within a three year cycle, which mirrors a traditional three year recertification cycle.  It’s an excellent value for the cost, and allows you to review your skills in your own backyard.

The training maintenance program replaces the need to recertifiy your training on a traditional three year recertification cycle.

Sorry – there’s no individual audit program available for this course

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