Vertical Rescue Training - 4 days

National units of competency

  • PUASAR032 Undertake vertical rescue
  • PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation

Vertical Rescue training encompasses preparing and responding to an emergency requiring a vertical rescue, appropriate risk assessment & risk control requirements and the skills and knowledge required to perform a vertical rescue.

Course Content

Topics include and are not limited to:

Required Skills

  • Check, service and maintain vertical rescue equipment
  • Control infection
  • Escort stretchers in raising and lowering operations
  • Establish, maintain, monitor and use:
  • Ascent and descent systems
  • Safety systems
  • Stretcher rigging
  • Implement safe and effective scene management procedures
  • Manage edge protection
  • Treat and package casualties
  • Undertake scene assessment and reporting
  • Use personal protective and rescue equipment within its safe work limitations
  • Wear appropriate personal protective and rescue equipment correctly
  • Work in a team

Required Knowledge

  • Breaking strains
  • Casualty assessment and packaging
  • Emergency management and inter-agency arrangements
  • Equipment characteristics
  • Operation of high lines (span line, tyrolean etc.)
  • Operational briefing and debriefing procedures
  • Organisational procedures for cleaning and discarding equipment in terms of environmental management and sustainability
  • Organisational procedures for operating vertical rescue equipment
  • Personal hygiene protocols
  • Principles of suspension trauma
  • Reconnaissance techniques
  • Relevant legislation
  • Relevant occupational health and safety (OH&S) principles and practices
  • Safe working loads of equipment
  • Safety factors and safe working loads
  • Signs and symptoms of operational stress
  • Vertical rescue concepts and practices
  • Voice, whistle and other communication systems


Training conducted by experienced confined space and rescue specialists 
Course documentation 
Up to 4 days (32 hours) classroom, practical training and assessment All equipment used will be supplied by Zokal Safety Training.


Participants require refresher training annually in order to maintain satisfactory levels of emergency preparedness and participant competence.


Highly recommended: RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights certification 

Prerequisites HLTAID011 Provide first aid (fire sector only). Evidence of this training must be provided to prior to attending this course if working in the fire sector.

Students should have an intermediate level of literacy and numeracy skills.   It is recommended that participants contact Zokal prior to their course if they have any concerns about their ability to complete the training.

See Student handbook for additional information.

Course Logistics

Number of Participants: 10
Requirement: Provide UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI number) and ID
Students must have industry experience.
Students must have reasonable level of physical fitness due to the task requirements of this course.
Students must complete and return the PRE-ENROLMENT QUESTIONNAIRE prior to attending for the course
Equipment: All training materials are supplied by Zokal Safety Training
Meals: Full Day Courses – Lunch will be provided and light refreshments will be provided at morning break (only on our premises). Half Day Courses – Light refreshments will be provided at morning break (only on our premises)
Dress: Students are required to wear CLEAN clothing appropriate for the workplace and CLEAN covered shoes. Students are required to wear a hard hat and gloves during practical components of this course. Please bring them with you on the day.
All other equipment used will be supplied by Zokal Safety Training.


Assessment Methods

This is a competency-based programme with progressive assessment throughout the course, including demonstration of written and oral questions relating to underpinning knowledge. Please let us know if there are any issues that your Zokal trainer should be aware of. These may include:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Physical limitations, such as hearing, vision or mobility concerns
  • Anything that may affect your experience in the training course

Award Issued

Nationally – recognised accreditation such as a wallet card and Statement of Attainment Certificate as outlined above will be issued on satisfactory completion of all assessments, to successful participants. Zokal Safety Training Pty Ltd Code 9126


Students are required to wear a hard hat and gloves during practical components of this course. Please bring them with you on the day.

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