Perform complex vertical rescues

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for rescue.

1.1. Select rescue equipment based on situation and check to ensure it is safe for use.

1.2. Identify immediate hazards and assess risks to self and others.

1.3. Assess the complex vertical rescue situation and select and co-ordinate a suitable rescue method according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

1.4. Communicate directions to other members of the group.

2. Establish rescue system.

2.1. Identify situations requiring the use of mechanical advantage systems and determine the type of system required according to contextual issues and organisational policies and procedures.

2.2. Organise operational systems to raise and lower a person or equipment, ensuring the safety of operators, rescuee and others.

2.3. Rig ropes for efficient ascent or descent.

2.4. Use system equipment in a safe and effective manner according to manufacturer's recommendations and organisational policies and procedures, to ensure that design limits are not exceeded.

3. Perform complex self rescues.

3.1. Assess the situation and identify suitable obstacle avoidance or extrication procedures according to organisational policies and procedures.

3.2. Carry out complex self rescue and negotiate obstacles while maintaining personal safety according to organisational policies and procedures.

4. Undertake complex vertical rescues.

4.1. Identify rescue techniques for complex situations and select a technique according to the degree of urgency, resources, rescuee status and personal ability.

4.2. Identify situations requiring approach from above or below and apply approach procedures for the situation.

4.3. Demonstrate an escape from the belay system.

4.4. Establish rescue system efficiently and inform other group members of their roles.

4.5. Construct and use an improvised harness in a rescue situation.

4.6. Operate a rescue system, demonstrating lowering and raising procedures to recover conscious and unconscious persons in single and multi pitch situations, with assistance from others.

4.7. Provide assistance to establish and use a system to rescue a person on a stretcher.

5. Conclude rescue operations.

5.1. Check and store equipment according to organisational policies and procedures and manufacturer's guidelines.

5.2. Evaluate rescue activity and identify improvements for future complex vertical rescues.

Qualifications and Skillsets

SISOVTR402A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIS40310 - Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation
  • SIS50310 - Diploma of Outdoor Recreation

And the skillsets: