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High Angle Rescue II (a.k.a. Rope Rescue II) for individuals

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Activity   Rescue for Emergency Workers
Description  The open Enrollment High Angle II course allows people to enroll for the course on an individual basis. Many people in EMS and related industries in South Africa 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.

The High Angle II course builds on the rope rescue skills learnt in High Angle I, changing the rescuer from someone who is able to move themselves around in a rope rescue environment to someone who is able to move the patient around in a rope rescue environment. The skills learnt here are fundamental to other rescue skills and this course is a prerequisite for:
  • 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 in South Africa. It is a credit-bearing course that forms part of the University`s B.Tech EMC.

Outcome: Remove patient to level / low-angled ground
The learner completing this course successfully will be capable of reaching a patient a high angle environment. They will be capable of functioning aspart of a team of evacuating the patient from their position in either an upward, downward or horizontal direction to a place where access is possible on foot.

Learners are required to be in possession of High Angle I certification or equivalent rope rescue skills. If a learner cannot prove competence at High Angle I level we reserve the right to conduct a course-entry assessment.

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, spiinal or renal problems or a highly infectious disease.

Learners are also expected to be moderately physically fit.

Course Content
  • Advanced high-angle rescue equipment: construction, use, care and inspection
  • Additional knots
  • Pickoffs (if not done as part of HA-I)
  • Stretcher rigging and advanced patient packaging
  • Advanced anchor systems
  • Lowering systems
  • Raising systems, pulleys and constructing mechanical advantages
  • Directional anchors and High directional anchors
  • Guidelines and spanlines (tyrolean traverses)
  • Rock-climbing emergencies
  • Pole-top (antenna and mast) rescues

    Duration and numbers
    The recommended duration for this course is 10 days of 10 hours per day. However, experience has shown us that the only people who attain competence in this space of time are those who come from a background of ropework and rescue. For others we recommend a course duration of 15 days. The course is divided fairly evenly between theory and practical aspects.

    The University of Jhb restricts numbers to 10 learners per course but we prefer not to have a group-size larger than 8. The minimum is at least 6 learners per course. Learners are billed on a basis of R 4,500 per learner.

    Training Location
    Open-enrollment courses in Gauteng are run in Centurion and in the Magaliesberg. For out-of-town courses we rely on the learners to assist us in finding suitable conditions for courses. What is required is:

  • Classroom environment with a writing surface and chair per learner, electricity and a surface (board, wall, etc) for data projector.

  • A cliff environment, 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 must not preclude normal speech.

    Learners will have to undergo an assessment of theory as well as demonstrate practical skills . All practical skills 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).

    The practical assessment (specific outcomes) is divided into two sections:

  • As an individual the learner will have to perform a pick-off, construct anchors, rig raising and lowering systems, and package and rig a stretcher.

  • As a member of a team the learner will have to participate in a scenario drawn from a real rescue. The assessment criteria for the practical assessment is that solutions presented must work, must be safe and must be done within a time- frame associated with a urgent situation.

    Subsistance and Travel costs (S&T) are added on course is to take place more than 75km from Pretoria. Clients are welcome to host trainers in their own facilities if this proves to be more cost effective.

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

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

  • Type   Full time Course
    Cost  R 6,500.00 Per person

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