Rope Rescue Operator

Rope Rescue Operator

Rope Rescue Operator – ER

The Rope Rescue Operator (RRO) course introduces the knowledge and skills required by personnel to operate safely and effectively during rope rescues and be an active part of a rope rescue team working under the supervision of Rope Rescue Technicians.

Course length

5 days

Course content includes

  • Legislation and standards
  • Rescuer safety
  • General hazards
  • Size-up, pre-planning and ICS
  • On-scene safety briefing and site control
  • Communications and verbal commands
  • Medical considerations
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Equipment care and maintenance
  • System safety checks
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and technical gear
  • Anchor systems
  • Placing rope protection
  • Use of work restraint and fall arrest equipment
  • Lead climbing with lanyards
  • Ascending and descending
  • Climbing over a 90 degree edge
  • Passing knots whilst ascending/descending
  • Passing anchors whilst ascending/descending
  • Passing deviations whilst ascending/descending
  • Performing rope transfers/changeovers
  • Individual pick-offs
  • Connecting a casualty on a line using a telescopic pole
  • Lifting and lowering a casualty using a pre-installed device
  • Tensioning systems and basic mechanical advantage
  • Basic casualty care and packing
  • Team-based pick-off
  • Litter attending low angle
  • Rope-based raising and lowering systems
  • Litter attending high angle
  • Use of high directionals
  • Tagline offsets


  • Prior experience of working with ropes is recommended
  • Minimum age: 18

Qualification valid for

3 years

Taught by

  • Rope Rescue Operator Instructor
  • Rope Rescue Technician Instructor
  • Rope Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor