2012 Open-enrollment Course Schedule
Here’s our latest schedule for upcoming 2012 open-enrollment classes. We hope you can join us at one of these courses – or we can come to your location for a private class. Our private courses can be customized to the skill-level of your personnel and built around any site-specific requirements you may have.
Does OSHA require Rescue Technician certification for industrial rescuers?
Oftentimes Safety Supervisors or Emergency Response Coordinators will ask… “Does OSHA require Rescue Technician certification for industrial rescuers?” While there are many benefits to certification to a national consensus standard, such as NFPA, OSHA’s Confined Space regulation is performance-based and focuses on a timely and capable rescue response. It basically revolves around the bottom line of… “Is your rescue service trained and equipped to respond in a safe and effective manner to the applicable kinds (types) of confined spaces – and have they met the minimum annual practice requirements?” But, then again, how do you prove proficiency? That’s where certification to a national consensus standard by a qualified third party can make a big difference in validating rescue effectiveness and thus documenting compliance.
Following the guidelines of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Standards is and has been a big focus for municipal agencies for decades; and these standards, specifically NFPA 1006, provide an excellent tool for documenting required individual rescuer skills. We also know that compliance is a critical focus for industrial customers who must walk the tightrope of complying with numerous federal regulations. In preparing our course curriculum for 2011, we wanted to offer two options or “compliance paths” based on the specific needs of our customers – one with certification testing and one without. Both paths, however, will build a solid foundation for emergency responders who are charged with handling confined space and elevated rope rescue incidents.
Based on the skills and guidelines set forth by NFPA 1006 and 1670, each Roco certification level requires the successful completion of a skills proficiency evaluation as well as a written exam. As you will see from the Roco Training Path Chart, we have made our certification levels progressive for 2011, and now offer a more advanced Tech III certification. Rescue Tech II provides certification to the “Confined Space Rescue” level, which includes the core rope rescue skills required to perform rescues from ground-level and elevated entries. Rescue Tech III includes “Rope Rescue” certification and progresses to a more advanced level – including rope ascension and high-lines, or traverse. Now that these programs are designed to build upon the previous level, the completion of Tech II is highly recommended prior to attending Tech III. As before, we also offer these certification levels in a “quicker” format in our FAST-TRACK 80 and FAST-TRACK 120 courses (download a Training Path Chart for details).
Also, new for 2011, Roco’s Industrial Rescue I/II course will teach safe and effective techniques for industrial and confined space rope rescue with a specific emphasis on compliance with OSHA’s Permit-Required Confined Space (1910.146) regulation. Rescuers will be taught solid foundational rope rescue skills with focused practice in all six representative confined space types in order to meet minimum annual training requirements of 1910.146. Practical skills used in real-world scenarios – including on-air scenarios in simulated IDLH atmospheres – will prepare responders for the many challenges of industrial and confined space rescue operations. This program does not include skills and written testing but will concentrate on providing the skills and practical experience for confined space and elevated scenarios most common to industrial environments.
For teams wanting to “put your skills to the test,” Roco’s Rescue Challenge will push the envelope by simulating real-world industrial incidents under limited time restraints to give participants the most intense rescue experience possible. From realistic scenarios in all six confined space types to Roco’s infamous multi-level “Yellow Brick Road,” teams will be challenged to the max while learning new and more effective ways to handle confined space emergency situations. Each scenario will be debriefed in order to give valuable feedback to the teams and offer suggestions for an even more effective rescue response.
If your team is ready to take it to the next level, Roco’s Rescue IV-Advanced Rescue Scenarios will offer more complex confined space and elevated scenarios to better prepare you for a wide array of rescue emergencies. Extensive use of confined space scenarios – including on-air simulated IDLH response – will challenge even the most experienced rescue teams. This program will also document annual practice requirements as required by OSHA 1910.146.
Professional rescue training should always be based on the guidelines of NFPA 1006 (a professional qualifications national consensus standard), and provide documentation of skills proficiency as required by OSHA’s 1910.146 Permit-Required Confined Space regulation.
Open enrollment courses are offered across North America annually. Private training for rescue teams or members can also be scheduled.For an overview of rescue training classes offered click here.