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Activity   Rescue for Emergency Workers
Description  The open Enrollment High Angle I course allows people to enroll for the course on an individual basis. Many people in EMS and related industries are finding that they need High Angle Rescue qualifications to further their careers but could not find a way of getting onto a High Angle Rescue course. Open Enrollment addresses this need.

High Angle I is the most fundamental building block of rope rescue training. It contains the fundamental rope rescue knowledge and skills required for just about any other technical rescue course and is a prerequisite for:
  • High angle II (Rope Rescue 2)
  • Aviation Rescue (using helicopters in rescue)
  • Wilderness Search And Rescue
  • Confined space rescue
  • Collapsed structure rescue (not presented by SML)

This course is accredited by the University of Johannesburg. It is a credit-bearing course that forms part of the University`s B.Tech EMC as well as the newly developed national ECT programme currently being run at NW Province`s EMRS college.

Outcome: (Reach & Treat)
The learner completing this course successfully will be capable of reaching a patient from above in a high angle environment. They will be able to access the patient and provide medical care in accordance with their level of medical training. They will also be able to package a patient in a stretcher for evacuation and provide support to those evacuating the patient.

Learners commencing this course are expected to be medically fit and not suffering from any condition which may be detrimental to safe work at height or general occupational health and safety, such as cardiac problems, epilepsy, severe athsma, spinal or renal problems or a highly infectious disease. Learners are also expected to be moderately physically fit.

Course Content
  • Introduction to the high-angle environment
  • Legislation and regulations surrounding high-angle rescue
  • Rescue equipment: construction, use, care and inspection
  • Knots
  • Simple anchors (single and 2-point)
  • Abseiling
  • Ascending
  • Patient packaging

    Duration and numbers
    The recommended duration for this course is 7 days. It can be completed in 5 days of 10 hours per day if learners have the aptitude or come from a similar background (eg: rock-climbing) but people who have never seen the environment generally struggle to achieve competence in 5 days. A good format for people who cannot afford a full 7 days is to do a 5 day course (mon-fri) with the assessment conducted 07h00 - 13h00 on the 6th day (Sat). For people who do not come from an emergency services or ropweork background we recommend a full 6 days of training with the assessment taking place on day 7.

    The University of Jhb restricts numbers to 10 learners per course but we prefer not to have more than 8 people on a course at a time. The minimum is at least 6 learners per course. Learners are billed on a basis of R 3,000 per learner.

    Training Location
    For open enrollment groups in Gauteng the training is conducted in Centurion. Outside of Gauteng we will have to find a location for training - many fire stations have training towers that are well suited to this. What we need is:
  • Classroom environment with a writing surface and chair per learner, electricity and a surface (board, wall, etc) for data projector.
  • A cliff environment with trees or boulders or a fire-station tower or multi-level industrial plant with pillars or I-beams from which to anchor. There should be no harmful chemicals present in the training area (acids, petro-chemicals, etc) and the level of noise should not preclude normal speech.

    The University of Jhb uses the 30m ascent as an entry requirement into the exam. What this means is that at some point in the course (before starting the final assessment) the learner must ascend 30m in 20 min. This is not difficult - just moderately hard work.

    Learners will have to undergo an assessment of embedded knowledge (theory) as well as demonstrate physical skills (specific outcomes). All specific outcomes will be assessed with time limits - rescue is a time-sensitive activity. University of Johannesburg assessment is conducted by an external assessor (not the trainer). Learners are required to score a minimum of 50% on the theory and must not make a safety or functional error during any of the practical stations (specific outcomes). If a mistake is made on a practical station but a learner has scored 65% or more for theory then the learner may be reassessed for that station within 60 days. If the learner is unsuccessful on more than one practical station then they must re-do the course. If the learner is unsuccessful on one station AND has scored less than 65% on the theory assessment then they must re-do the course.

    Costs include:
  • Use of equipment for the duration of the course
  • Learner handbooks
  • Assessment costs: assessment plus one re-assessment where needed

  • S&T for trainers (1 per course, where applicable)
  • S&T for assessors (1 per Univ Jhb course)

  • Type   Part time course
    Cost  R 3,750.00 Per person

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