Course Descriptions

Course Name Course Info
FLOOD AND SWIFTWATER TECHNICIAN COURSES
FAST Awareness 1 day lecture and table top discussion.

The target audience is Chiefs, Commanders, EOC operators, Dispatch, Non Rescue Emergency Personnel, Planning Directors, and Emergency Service Personnel that will not be at the Technician Level.

The course will cover planning, logistics, dangers, communication in water environments, ICS, equipment, hydrology, and power point demonstration and understanding of techniques used in the field.

The person attending should leave with the knowledge of what could be expected in a flood or swift water emergency.

FAST First Responder One day course. Covers Individual safety, hydrology, communications and shore based  techniques. Covers in depth topics starting with background and history of flood and swiftwater rescues. Recognized standards, training, Incident Command, communication, rescue equipment, safety concerns, search elements, physical and technical risks, hydrology, medical considerations for victim(s) and rescuer(s), Anchor and rope systems, Throw lines, belay techniques, survival swim
FAST Operations Two day course. Usually run concurrent with any FAST R1 class. Covers all the same knowledge and field technical skills. Operations participants learn to assist FAST R1 Technicians.
FAST For USCG AST And Surface Rescue Swimmers Three day course. Covers all knowledge and techniques taught in FAST R1 with modifications for USCG AST  and Surface Rescue Swimmers.
FAST R1 Description: Covers in depth topics starting with background and history of flood and swiftwater rescues. Recognized standards, training, Incident Command, communication, rescue equipment, safety concerns, search elements, physical and technical risks, hydrology, medical considerations for victim(s) and rescuer(s), Anchor and rope systems, Throw lines, belay techniques, survival swim, rescue swims, rope crossing techniques, shallow and deep water techniques, wall/abutment rescues, low water crossing/low head dams, bridge rescue, entrapment recovery, boats, vehicle rescues, self defense and practical exercises allowing the student a chance to put it all together. The FAST R1 Tech will have the knowledge base, technical skills and physical abilities to determine the best course of action on a rescue scene.Hours: 27 hours over 2.5 days, including 1 night training

Gear:

  •  “USCG” approved Type III or V PFD (Type V preferred)
  • Wet suit boots with hard sole bottom or tennis shoes
  • Water or vertical rescue helmet
  • Full wet or dry suit as weather conditions dictate
  • Water or abrasion protective gloves
FAST R2 Two day and two night course. Takes the personal and Team level techniques to advanced levels. All areas taught in the FAST-R1 course are expanded including larger scale disasters, more detailed search management, day and night search functions, night operations technical skills, advanced boat and rope systems, rescue baskets and slings on banks, advanced 2 point Type V PFD operations, night search mission and numerous practical exercises. Also included are motorized IRB and PWC operations.  FAST R2 Techs will be in a better position to handle searches, interviews and advanced rescue situations.  
FAST Special Operations
BOAT COURSES
Boat Trailer Towing and Backing
Introduction to Boat Driving
PWC Lake
FAST Special Operations PWC Two day course. Use of Personal Water Craft for use in either surf, lake, bay, flood or swiftwater environments. The graduating technician will have driving, navigation, boat based rescue techniques, evaluation, swimmer and crewmember abilities for the specific target area of training.
PWC Surf
PWC Crew Member
FAST Rescue Boat Operator – Paddle
FAST Rescue Boat Operator – Motorized – Level 1
FAST Rescue Boat Operator – Motorized – Level 2
FAST Rescue Boat Operator – Rigid Hull – Level 1
FAST Rescue Boat Operator – Rigid Hull – Level 2
VERTICAL ROPE COURSES
Recreational Rappelling / Ascending
VRT Awareness 1 day lecture and table top discussion. The target audience is Chiefs, Commanders, EOC operators, Dispatch, Non Rescue Emergency Personnel, Planning Directors, and Emergency Service Personnel that will not be at the Technician Level. The course will cover planning, logistics, dangers, communication in vertical environments, ICS, equipment, and power point demonstration of techniques used in the field. The person attending should leave with the knowledge of what could be expected in a vertical emergency.
Basic Rope Rescue
Vertical Rescue Technician Level 1 – Wilderness Two day course covering basic rappelling, ascending, search and equipment. Locate and Access. Covers in depth topics starting with background and history of Vertical rescue. Recognized standards, training, Incident Command, communication, rescue equipment, safety concerns, search elements, physical and technical risks, medical considerations for victim(s) and rescuer(s), anchor and rope systems, descending, ascending, rescue rigging, individual rescue techniques and practical exercises allowing the student a chance to put it all together.
Vertical Rescue Technician Level 2 – Wilderness Two day course covering Access, Stabilize and quick Transport. Takes the personal and Team level techniques to advanced levels. Double rope belays, mechanical advantage, ascending changeover, victim harness, advanced anchors, rescue baskets, patient packaging, load releasing hitches, slope evacuations, night skills, knot passing on line, search problems.
Vertical Rescue Technician Level 3 – Wilderness Two day course covering Stabilize and Transport of the more substantial injured. Haul systems, vertical rescue baskets, high line options, patient /rescuer on line and advanced scenarios.
Vertical Rescue Technician Level 1 – Urban/Highrise
Vertical Rescue Technician Level 2 – Urban/Highrise
Special Opertions Vertical One day course. Training upon request in any of the following areas: Tripods &A frames, aerial fire apparatus, elevated water towers, wilderness operations, specialized basket operations, rescue basket medical operations, adverse conditions training, night operations.
Advanced Vertical Medical Technician One day course. Level 3 technician can advance their medical skills, challenges, learn and practice rigging, routing and options for treatment and transport of patients secured in a rescue litter on rope.
CAVE COURSES
Cave Rescue Technician 1
Cave Rescue ICS
Cave Special Operations
OTHER SPECIALTY COURSES
Wilderness Survival Training 1
Wilderness Survival Training 2
Ground Search/Mantracking 1 SEARCH TECHNICIAN: Two day course covering Safety Concerns, Technician, Victim, On Scene, Site control, natural, manmade, haz mat, and confined space dangers, Medical Aspects victims and rescuers, Information gathering, Organization, ICS for Team, Squad and Coordinating agencies, Communication, Navigation using ,GPS, Compass, Map, Orientation, Pace Count, Trail Marking, Tracking, Sign reading, Tracking, Evidence and clue marking, Search, Search patterns, Soundexing, Investigating sightings and audible, computer assets.
Ground Search/Mantracking 2 TEAM LEADER: Managing multiple search teams, multiple search areas, coordinating agencies, assignments, correlation of information and tracking searched areas. LAST, Rescue – Evacuation – Recovery, Pre plan, Size up, PLS / POD, Passive / Active Search, Interview, Quick search, Boundary / perimeter establishment, Detail Search, Interviewing witness / victim.
Ground Search/Mantracking 3 FIELD COMMANDER – Management of the Command Center / Search Function: Taking everything from GSAR 1 and 2 to the management level from an operation center. Logistics, rehabilitation, supplies, mutual aid, networking, PIO, outside resources.
Wilderness First Responder 1
Wilderness First Responder 2
Corporate Training
Incident Command Training
Seminar
All Terrain Vehicle / Utility Vehicle – Rescue Operator
INSTRUCTOR COURSES  Process for becoming a RTI instructor:

  1. Take the RTI course you wish to be able to teach.
  2. Request the RTI Instructor application.
  3. Complete application, scan to PDF format and return to RTI with $200.00 application fee.
  4. RTI will contact you after reviewing application and running background check to schedule a two day instructor course.
  5. Attend and complete instructor course
  6. Must assist a Master, Chief or Instructor Trainer in teaching a minimal of two classes for each level you wish to teach. All knowledge points and skills are required to be signed off before being awarded Lead Instructor status. This must be completed within a 2 year time frame from the time of the Instructor Training dates.