Small Team Rescue - STR WOrkshop

This 2-day workshop was designed around rescue teams that are expected to affect a rescue with limited personnel and resources. In the Urban and Wilderness rescue worlds, we can't always bring more people to help solve a complex problem. In many jurisdictions and into rural/wilderness rescue, you may be personnel and equipment limited.

The goal of this workshop is to explore the world outside the G-rated toolbox. Standards are created for specific reasons. The NFPA General use standard differs than the Technical use standard. As a rescuer and their team become more proficient in their skills, they have the ability to adopt other standards and best practices that may be better suited for their rescue environment. In addition, focus will be placed on utilizing rope autonomy to lighten rescue loads and be able to accomplish more, with less.

Team size will be 4 persons and we will work through rescue scenarios showing how the team can accomplish the goal of rescue and treatment with specific role management.

We believe that risk management is at the root of all technical rescue. In this workshop we will introduce a wide array of equipment and techniques designed to serve the rescue community who knows that every ounce of gear counts. We will perform system analysis and use live feedback devices to show forces being placed on systems.

This workshop will employ new gear concepts while building systems with rope and cord diameters that are smaller than typical rope rescue teams would use. Some tools we will be working with are:

  • Protraxions

  • Microtraxions

  • Roll Clips

  • GriGri

  • SMC Vector

  • Power Cord

  • 8mm Aramid cords

  • Dyneema Slings

  • Lightweight gear loadout

  • All aluminum carabiners

  • Rope grabs

  • Hand ascenders

  • Micro Pulleys

  • Texora Slings

  • SKED Litters

  • Assorted Rope Diameters